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JULY 2007 

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Thoughts From Sandra

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

In thinking about this quote by J. Q. Adams, I did a little research to find out who actually said it originally. It was Mark Twain and the full quote is "Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often." Oh, wow!

The second part is even more thought-provoking than the first. It means that people need to ACT more and TALK less. I'll be quiet now.

Causing Stress: Demands on Leaders

The number one cause of stress, according to leaders surveyed, is trying to do more with less and to do it faster. A lack of resources and time are the most stressful leadership demands experienced.

Other factors contributing to stress include:

? Developing people

? Managing limited resources

? Physical demands from travel, working hours and the work environment

? Motivating employees and providing feedback

? Decision-making

? Job responsibilities

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by Susanne Biro

Leaders who foster exceptional performance in those they work with have the dangerous conversation. They take the risk of sharing their true thoughts. Sometimes this requires them to recognize the exceptional work of a colleague or share their deep concerns. Either way, leader coaches are those people who are willing to have the uncomfortable and risky conversations. They are the people with whom we most want to work.

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by Dr. John C. Maxwell

Five Practices That Help Leaders Serve Others

1. See the Future
2. Engage and Develop Others
3. Reinvent Continuously
4. Value results and relationships
5. Embody Values

To read the entire article on Servant Leadership, visit here.

A Great Electronic Leadership Resource

Leadership Now

Here are a few examples of Dr. Michael Hudson's to-the-point ideas which came in his daily e-mails over the last few weeks: catch someone doing something right, stop debating and start taking action, take a mini-vacation, and create a membership program.

Before you gripe about another e-mail every day, know that the topic is in the "subject" and you can delete those ideas for which you have little or no interest.

To sign up for the free, daily e-mail, click here.

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