News From LBD

January 2013 Volume 5 Issue 1

Happy New Year!

And here are some quotes to start 2013 with a bang!

"New Year's Day is every man's birthday."
~ Charles Lamb

"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."
~ Oprah Winfrey

"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties."
~ Helen Keller

"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves."
~ Bill Vaughan

"New Year's Day... now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual."
~ Mark Twain

"A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other."
~ Anonymous

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called "Opportunity" and its first chapter is New Year's Day."
~ Edith L. Pierce

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot."
~ Michael Altshuler  

What Leaders are Reading   

The Shaping of an Effective Leader by Gayle D. Beebe 


Gayle Beebe was a student in college of Peter Drucker and has been significantly impacted by Drucker's management views. In this book Beebe talks about the eight formative principles of Leadership. They are, in sequence of importance: character, competence, chemistry, culture, compatibility, convictions, connections, and commitment.  This is one of those "can't put it down" books that you can definitely use with clients. 

Love 'em or Lose 'em: Getting Good People to Stay by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans


With replacement costs high and start-up time critical, employee retention is more valuable than ever. This best-selling guide provides 26 strategies to keep talented employees happy and productive. Citing research and experience with dozens of organizations, the authors present many examples of how today's companies have applied their retention strategies and increased their retention rates. The chapters are arranged alphabetically, from "Ask" to "Zenith."  

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 Leadership Tip of The Month  


This time of year is filled with New Year's Resolutions and ideas of grandeur - What an exercise in futility!!! If you want 2013 to be the best year ever you are going to need to turn those resolutions into GOALS and empower yourself to win.


While it can be fun to live without direction in the short-term, in the long-term human beings are wired to need a purpose and direction. Goals give a sense of direction and purpose to life. 


While goals certainly give our lives direction, they also provide the motivation to get us through difficult times and choices. 


7 Reasons Why It's Important to Have Goals 


1. To give direction to your life

2. To make sure you are the one choosing the direction of your life -- not others, not fate, not the media, etc.

3. To motivate you

4. To make sure you get what you want from life

5. To save you time

6. To reduce your stress
7. To give you a sense of accomplishment   


Now go out and set your goals! 


For additional information contact LBD.
John Branstad   

John Branstad
Quote of the Month
"Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word."

- Goran Persson
John Branstad