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MAY 2007 

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Thoughts From Sandra

While "Google" searches are often based on either "luck" or "who pays the most," the first item under my web search, "knowing yourself," was www.jobseekeradvice.com with comments like "Who are you? and What do you believe in?" The next item was also about career planning. But after that became broader, to include "knowing yourself and others." Then "Knowing Yourself as a Learner."

Next, Amazon.com kicked in with two entries, followed by two more career planning entries and then one on Project Management, Pioneer Thinking and Knowing Yourself as an Educator. Bottom line is that knowing yourself is key to lots of things and it mostly includes knowing how you are likely to act in most instances.

The famous poem "Know Thyself" by Alexander Pope says it all in the first two lines:

"Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is Man."

by Dr. John C. Maxwell

In the words of Marshall Goldsmith, "The role of leadership has changed from the top-down 'I'm going to tell you what to do approach,' to a more asking, listening, and participating [approach]. The antiquated model of a supervisor commanding underlings has been supplanted by a relational model in which managers collaborate with teammates. In the knowledge economy, organizational charts have flattened.

Today's employees have a knee-jerk distaste for hierarchy. They won't respond to authority leveraged solely by position, but they will respect a leader who cares about them, is honest, and expresses gratitude for their contributions.

Leaders excel as participatory managers when they:

? Listen
? Show Appreciation
? Match Words with Actions

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We found a large collection of quotes on "service" and share them with you here.

"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: The ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
? Albert Schweitzer

"If you don't understand that you work for your mislabeled 'subordinates,' then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny."
? Dee Hock, Founder and CEO Emeritus, VISA International

"Good leaders must first become good servants."
? Robert Greenleaf

"Let me pass, I have to follow them, I am their leader." ? Alexandre Ledru-Rollin

To read all the quotes on service, visit Leadership Now.

by Dr. Susan Murphy

Similarities among Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers, and World War II Generations include:

?  Personal fulfillment and satisfaction is a goal, not just a paycheck
?  Workplace culture is important to all employees
?  A large portion of all generations defines success as finding a company they can stay with for a long time
?  67% of people ranked flexibility as part of their definition of workplace success.

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