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A blog by Steven Iwersen for Leaders and Achievers ~ insights, ideas, and thoughts on current issues.

Seeing The Positive In Spite of The Negative

The Reason We Miss Great Opportunities: The guy was super nice. Sharp dressed. Successful by most standards. Someone that I thought I could learn from. And, he had a coffee stain about the size of a...

Jeff Bezos Wants Amazon Employees To Be Terrified

What Terrifies The Richest Man in the World? Jeff Bezos wrote, in his 1998 annual letter to investors and employees, that he expected his team members to wake up every morning terrified. He wanted...

Seeing The Positive In Spite of The Negative

The Reason We Miss Great Opportunities: The guy was super nice. Sharp dressed. Successful by most standards. Someone that I thought I could learn from. And, he had a coffee stain about the size of a dime on his white shirt. I wanted to look him in the eye as he spoke...

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Jeff Bezos Wants Amazon Employees To Be Terrified

What Terrifies The Richest Man in the World? Jeff Bezos wrote, in his 1998 annual letter to investors and employees, that he expected his team members to wake up every morning terrified. He wanted them to be hyper-sensitive to the fact that their loyal customers could...

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Your Current Confidence is Limiting Your Potential!

Confidence in what makes you feel secure may be the very thing that is keeping you from reaching your ultimate potential. It took me three summers of swimming lessons to finally graduate from the children’s swimming “Tadpoles” class to the “Minnows.” I could swim...

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The Good Side: The Truth about Image and Influence

There are two sides to the good side. It is a strange phenomenon -- this desire for the good side. We want always to present our good side to the world around us.  And, we want to be on the good side of the people whom we meet and with whom we work. It is a natural...

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Insanity, Einstein, and Your Results!

I’ve heard it hundreds of times.  You probably have too.   “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.” That quote is frequently attributed to Albert Einstein;, but there is no evidence that he ever said it.  I...

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Build Bridges, Not Monuments

Many people spend an extraordinary amount of their mental and emotional capabilities building monuments to past disappointments or the opinions of critical people. STOP Memorializing the discouragements and detractors! START building new relationships and new ideas...

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If Everyone is on the Same Page, Why Can’t We Get Along?

Gaining clarity of direction is essential for your team or organization. But, there is something even more vital to your potential success. Steven reveals, in this video, a twist to the proverbial "same page" discussion and THREE ways that will help your people become...

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Realizing Happiness When Gravity Pulls You Down

The pursuit of happiness.  Some people believe that having enough wealth gives you the margin in your life to be comfortable and happy.  Others think that embracing a simple life free of corporate pressures and expectations will provide happiness.  I’ve met folks that...

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Get On Track For The Life You’ve Always Wanted

Do you have moments when you think that all the hard work isn't paying off?  I'll admit it - some days it feels like I'm not making any progress. It is on those days that I try to remember the powerful message from the children's story "Little Engine That Could" --...

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A Position on Your Disposition

I was sitting in the airport restaurant. A table by the window.  A man and woman nearby started a conversation with me.  We talked about the weather, where we were going, and where we had been.  A few moments later they gathered their things and left.  “Excuse me.” I...

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Did You Get What You Expected?

Winning starts with believing. "They got what they deserved."  That is a phrase we have grown accustomed to hearing. Athletes that become disciplined in practice tend to be better prepared to be champions. Salespeople who work diligently in prospecting and listening...

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How To Keep Work From Sinking Your Life

I know of a university president that decided to take up boating.  He realized that in his efforts to lead the institution into a new era of relevancy he was allowing his life to become overrun with meetings, agendas, and other peoples demands.  He had no margin in...

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Stalled Out? Create Some New Momentum!

There is nothing more frustrating than feeling stuck or lacking momentum on the journey to our preferred outcomes. But, we don’t have to accept those down times as a permanent condition.  We can generate forward motion in our lives, even when things aren’t going our...

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Enthusiasm is a Skill

Choosing to be an enthusiastic person is not a simple task. In fact, it is one of the most challenging disciplines that you will embrace. The reason it is hard is that it is much easier to be cranky, discouraged, and cynical.  Each day is filled with justifiable...

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Silence is not Golden

The Supervisor declared, “My team members are on a need to know basis.  I’ll tell them what they need to know when I want them to know it.” When change is in the air, the longer you keep people in the dark, the more their imagination will gravitate toward the worse...

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A Decisive Mindset

Predetermined:  A Decisive Mindset “He has his mind made up.” “She has set her mind on achieving that goal.” You’ve heard those expressions before. They’ve been spoken countless times throughout history. Even Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying “You can do...

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It is Better to Be Persuaded

Persuasive vs. Compelling I have a book about leadership that has been in my library since 1994. It is one of those books that is profoundly helpful and worth reading again. And again. I was looking for a different resource this last week, and that old familiar...

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My Guest Appearance on Raw & Unedited

Honored to be interviewed by Ed Rigsbee, CAE, CSP for his show "Raw & Unedited" - a program for Association Executives. What a great surprise to hear this Association Executive say that he believes every trade association Executive or Director should have...

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Four Ingredients for a Winning Apology

We don’t usually consider an apology as a form of winning.  An apology is deemed to be a sign of losing, an indication that we were wrong in some regard and we are conceding. Yes, an apology is usually an admission that we’ve failed to achieve a particular...

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