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Practice Mustard Seed Power

Manz, Charles C. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches. (Matt. 13: 31–32)

I have always found this passage to be one of the most remarkable of all Jesus’ teachings. Over the last few decades, especially in the west, our world has tended toward an ultra-fast pace and too often people, and the organizations they are connected to, have desired large quick payoffs. The pressure has been for ever-increasing sales, more profits, and larger returns on investments. Too often, the striving for more has been beyond reason … resulting in financial bubbles in technology and housing markets, and a host of accounting and financial debacles that nearly crippled the world economy. Sometimes everything has seemed to be exaggerated way beyond anything natural. It’s almost as though we’ve been living in some kind of virtual-reality cartoon in which things are blown way out of proportion. If you want to survive in this sort of alternate reality, then a philosophy of “more is better” seems to rule the day. Don’t do anything small; instead, exaggerate choices and actions no matter the costs.

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17. What Question Rules Your Life?

Izzo, John B. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub


My children occasionally sit down, stare at me, and speak what they perceive to be the worst of all possible human conditions: “Dad, we’re bored!” Indeed, the feeling that life has lost its flavor is a significant spiritual malaise that can touch any of us at any age. So I ask myself, what is the antidote to boredom? How do we keep life feeling fresh and new? This is, at its heart, a deeply spiritual question.

My friend Steve, a mid-lifer like me, says that vacations are not what they used to be. “After all, once you’ve seen a few cathedrals, ruins, interesting towns, pretty beaches, and quaint shops, they all start to look the same. I feel like I’ve done it all before. . . .”

This could describe our experience of life. After some time, the tongue loses its ability to taste, the nose its sense of scent, the hands their sensitivity to touch, the eyes their ability to see the wonder of things. One of the ways we lose our innocence is when we begin to feel we have “done it all before.” We may feel that we have experienced all that life has to give and find that our hunger has not yet been satisfied by all this tasting.

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5 Beneath Effective Leadership

, The Arbinger Institute Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

“After nine years at the law firm,” Bud began, “I left to become general counsel of Sierra Product Systems. Do you remember Sierra?”

Sierra had pioneered several of the processes that Zagrum had exploited to climb to its place at the top of the high-tech manufacturing heap. “Of course,” I replied. “Their technologies changed the industry. Whatever happened to them?”

“They were acquired—by Zagrum Company.”

“Really? I never heard that.”

“The deal was sort of complicated. But the long and short of it is that Zagrum acquired most of Sierra’s useful intellectual property—patents and so on. That was 16 years ago. At the time, I was COO of Sierra and came to Zagrum as part of the deal. I had no idea what I was getting into.” Bud reached for his glass and took a drink. “At the time, Zagrum was a bit of a mystery. But I was introduced to the mystery of Zagrum in a hurry—in my second major meeting, to be exact.

“Being intimately familiar with the key acquisitions from Sierra, I joined Zagrum as part of the executive team. In my first meeting, I was given several difficult assignments to complete before the next meeting in two weeks. It was a heavy load, learning the business and all.

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The Working-on-Purpose Inventory

Leider, Richard J. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub
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Choice 7: Weather Emotional Storms

Manz, Charles C. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Men suffer from thinking more than anything else.

—Leo Tolstoy

Never make a permanent decision based on a temporary storm. No matter how raging the billows are today, remind yourself “This too shall pass!”

—T. D. Jakes

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never known anyone who does not experience low moods some of the time. When we are in a down mood, our whole experience of life can suffer. At such times, the same things that might otherwise leave us relatively unaffected can seem much more significant and discouraging. We can even get caught in a downward spiral in which we feed the mood with additional discouraging thoughts, exaggerating the negative and ignoring the positive. And sometimes these mood cycles can seem almost overwhelming.

I like to think of these internal emotional swings as being analogous to the weather. Just like the weather, sometimes we have internal storms. These emotional storms might be triggered by a series of disappointing events. Or they might be affected by hormonal swings, some junk food we ate, or by a lack of sleep. All kinds of factors can help trigger our inner turbulent weather, but a leading cause, as well as a potential remedy, is in the way we are thinking at the time. More specifically, it is important to recognize what is going on and to put things in perspective. “OK, I’m experiencing a difficult mood, so what? There is no need to make it a bigger deal than it is. I can choose to do something that will help lift the mood— perhaps go for a walk, take a relaxation break, watch a funny movie—or I can just wait it out. It will pass.”

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12 Flipman’s Strategy

Hawkins, Terry Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Flipman’s Strategy is a simple four-step process that encompasses the pictures, dialogue, feelings, and actions needed to help us replace old habits that don’t serve us anymore with more empowering and positive habits. Flipman’s Strategy will also support us in doing what is necessary to create these new habits and new neural pathways. Instead of just remembering to fake it, we can rely on a system to give us consistency and support when we need it most.

To explain this strategy, let’s use the simple example of feeling tired. Like many expressions that don’t serve us, “Gee, I’m tired” may seem like a throwaway line, but it can have a very negative effect on our energy, especially when there isn’t time for a nap. Naturally, tiredness can be genuine and an important signal that we need a self-caring response: to sleep! But if we are at work or somewhere where we need to be alert, constantly saying we are tired does not serve us. Remember, whatever our conscious mind says, our unconscious mind believes and our body responds. So what do we need to ask ourselves? That is, “What positive behaviors, thoughts, and feelings are the opposite of tiredness?”

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7. See with New Eyes, Hear with New Ears

Adams, Marilee G. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Authentic listening is not easy. We hear the words, but rarely do we really slow down to listen and to squint with our ears, to hear the emotions, fears, and underlying concerns.

Kevin Cashman

We started our next meeting with a question that had been disturbing me since early in my conversations with Joseph. “Maybe it’s just wishful thinking,” I began, “but given the problems Judger throws our way . . .”

Joseph lifted his hand, signaling me to stop, and replied, “None of us can avoid slipping into Judger from time to time. It’s only human.” Then he smiled enigmatically and added, “But you can free yourself from Judger by simply accepting that part of yourself. Judger is not the problem; it’s how we relate to Judger that makes all the difference. It’s such a simple formula: Judger-Switch-Learner. But nobody can make it work without beginning with acceptance.

“Huh? That doesn’t make sense. How can I be free of something that’s part of me?”

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3 Who Pays the Price for Cheap Stuff?

Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Annie Leonard

I’m a critic of consumerism, but I’m neither for nor against stuff.

I confess that my T-shirt drawer is so full it’s hard to close. (That’s partly because I’m often given a Tee as a souvenir when I speak at a conference or event.) But of all the T-shirts I have accumulated over the years, there are only a few that I honestly care about. My favorite (no eye-rolling, please) is a green number from the Grateful Dead’s 1982 New Year’s Eve concert. To me this shirt, worn for more than 30 years by multiple members of my extended family, is both useful and beautiful, not only because I attended the concert but because a dear friend gave it to me, knowing how much I would treasure it. The label even says “Made in the USA,” which makes me smile because so few things are made in this country anymore, as brands increasingly opt for low-paid workers in poor countries.

Our stuff should not be artifacts of indulgence and disposability, like toys that are forgotten 15 minutes after the wrapping comes off, but things that are both practical and meaningful. British philosopher William Morris said it best: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

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Examine Your Reflection

Manz, Charles C. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Take a moment to do a quick review of some of the lessons Jesus taught. The passages below are excerpts from many of the scripture lesssons that were introduced at the beginning of chapters throughout this book.

Consider the larger image about leadership that arises from just a few of the many surprising, often counterintuitive, and wise things that Jesus said.

• … take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.

Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.

• … do not worry about tomorrow … today’s trouble is enough for today.

You are the light of the world … let your light shine …

Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone …

• … love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you …

In everything do to others as you would have them do to you.

Do not judge and you will not be judged … forgive and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you …

• … a mustard seed … is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of all shrubs and becomes a tree …

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Chapter 1: Embracing New Rules of Conduct

Schuler, Michael Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

If life and love are to endure, if better health and greater happiness are to be obtained, and if the communities and ecologies that sustain us are to thrive, society will have to reappraise its values. More specifically, the principle of sustainability now needs to move to the forefront of our planning and problem solving.

What, then, would this entail? As I’ve already pointed out, most of the commentary on sustainability focuses on technical solutions—specific, scientifically determined measures meant to solve particular social, environmental, or economic problems. What have been missing are a few basic behavioral norms that can provide the initiated and uninitiated alike with the insight and proper incentive to accomplish some very important goals. What I recommend is the application at both the individual and collective level of four deceptively simple and straightforward rules of conduct, or “keys.” Their ultimate purpose is to ensure that the efforts we make to create the good life will produce the desired results. The rules are these:

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Chapter Five: Step away from Your Campfire

Donahue, Steve Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

In a dark time, the eye begins to see.

—Theodore Roethke, “In a Dark Time,”

The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke

The Frenchmen’s departure left me with a strange mixture of regret, fear, and excitement. I wished I had gotten to know them better, but now they were gone T and we were truly alone. It seemed that the journey was just beginning.

Jean-Luc had given us the one thing we needed more than anything else: cold, hard cash. To preserve our precious currency, we decided to camp in open desert several miles outside of the oasis. We hitched a ride with some Swedes who were heading into the Hoggar Mountains and found a flat spot on top of a rocky hill near some dunes.

The Sahara is relatively young as a desert. Spectacular rock paintings by Neolithic hunter-gatherers depict lush grassland 6,000 to 8,000 years ago. A few species of small antelope still remain in parts of Algeria and Niger. Any firewood you stumble upon might be hundreds if not thousands of years old. We spent most of the day scouring the hillside for bits of ancient wood so that we could have a small fire at night.

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CHAPTER 1 Behavior Change

Smith, Hyrum W. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

There are three constants in life: change, choice, and principles.


Think about the following statement:

The basic principles that help a human being become more productive and effective have not changed for six thousand years.

Thirty-three years ago I started the Franklin Planner business with my partners. Since then I have had the opportunity to teach a great number of time management seminars all over the world. Through the years it has become common for people to approach me before or after a presentation. They come up to me, lower their voices, look around to make sure nobody’s listening, and then say, “You know, Hyrum, I wish I lived a hundred years ago, when they had more time.”

“Really?” I’d respond. “How much more time did they have a hundred years ago?”

“Oh, they had a lot more time.”

That is a common misperception. Do you know what the only difference is between today and a hundred years ago? It is that today we have more options. Why do we have more options? Because we do things faster. As a technologically advanced culture, we are into speed.

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Furnishing a Home 1

Saddleback Educational Publishing Saddleback Educational Publishing PDF



date ____________________________


A. Circle the item that does not belong in each group. major appliances: range



small appliances: blender



linens: blanket



utensils: spoon



electronics: sofa

5. furniture: bed


carving knife




cleaning supplies: vacuum cleaner

9. safety: smoke detector




bowl pillow

answering machine


lawn and garden equipment: hose

7. home repair: television




television toilet


lawn sprinkler sandpaper dustpan

clothes dryer



nails detergent

first aid kit


burglar alarm


WORD WORKSHOP  Identify the compound words (one word made

1. _________________________:

_______________________________________ dishwasher

Our dishwasher has six settings.

2. _________________________: _______________________________________

from two) in Part A. Then write sentences using the compounds.

The first one has been done for you.


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Chapter 8 Leadership Is Not a Position

Izzo, John B. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more, do more, and become more, you are a

John Quincy Adams

Leadership is not a position. You can’t be assigned or appointed to be a leader. Leadership is not about what your business card says, what your title is, or where you sit on the organizational chart in your company. Leadership is a posture; it is a decision that you want to have influence over others in a positive way.

David Shepherd and Travis Price did not hold positions of leadership, but in September 2007 they decided to lead. It was a normal first week of school at Central Kings Rural High School in Nova Scotia, Canada, when a student arrived at school wearing a pink polo shirt. He was a ninth grader, and it was his first day at the school, having just moved to the community. It turned out not to be a very good day. He was bullied mercilessly by a group of twelfth graders who called him gay and told him that if he ever wore a pink shirt again they would beat him to a pulp. Welcome to the school!

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6. Stage Two: Discovering Your Fun

Crenshaw, Dave Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Are you a list maker? Some people are masters at creating lists — they live for it. I dabble, but I don’t delve. For instance, I occasionally play around with my list of top-five movie actors (Cumberbatch and DiCaprio are usually near the top). Or sometimes it’s my favorite Coca-Cola Freestyle concoctions (Vanilla Sprite + Fanta Lime = key lime — try it, you won’t be sorry). And, of course, there is my top-five song list for Jazzercise (“She’s a Maniac” beats “Vogue” by a nose).

Pretty much all of us are familiar with the idea of the play-list. Whether it’s Netflix or iTunes, we love filling up those lists with films and tunes that tickle our fancy. Building this list in advance makes it easy for us to sit down, relax, and enjoy at a moment’s notice. However, listening to music or watching Netflix all day often fails to leave us feeling fulfilled.

Others, to bridge that gap of fulfillment, have created a bucket list — the semimorbid idea of listing things you’ll do before you kick the bucket. Usually, these ideas range from the relatively mundane (visit Lichtenstein) to the downright dangerous (participate in the Running of the Bulls) to the just plain weird (go to a live taping of The Price Is Right dressed as Guy Fieri). However, the concept can sometimes leave people feeling that they’re falling short. Why? Because they don’t have enough money — or time — to complete these amazing activities, and often they get lost in the shuffle of living in the real world.

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