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Jill Bolte Taylor’s Powerful Stroke of Insight

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on July 31st, 2009    No Comments

Video- Jill Bolte Taylors Powerful Stroke of Insight

Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist who devoted her life to studying the brain and had the chance of a lifetime to experience her own brain as she suffered a stroke.  Watch the video to hear about her journey deep into her brain and back again.Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist who devoted her life to studying the brain and had the chance of a lifetime to experience her own brain as she suffered a stroke.  Watch the video to hear about her journey deep into her brain and back again.

Why you should listen to her: One morning, a blood vessel in Jill Bolte Taylor’s brain exploded. As a brain scientist, she realized she had a ringside seat to her own stroke. She watched as her brain functions shut down one by one: motion, speech, memory, self-awareness … 

Amazed to find herself alive, Taylor spent eight years recovering her ability to think, walk and talk. She has become a spokesperson for stroke recovery and for the possibility of coming back from brain injury stronger than before. In her case, although the stroke damaged the left side of her brain, her recovery unleashed a torrent of creative energy from her right. From her home base in Indiana, she now travels the country on behalf of the Harvard Brain Bank as the “Singin’ Scientist.”

“How many brain scientists have been able to study the brain from the inside out? I’ve gotten as much out of this experience of losing my left mind as I have in my entire academic career.” Jill Bolte Taylor

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The People’s Stimulus Package

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on July 27th, 2009    No Comments

Leadership comes in many forms, especially when it comes to running a country.  We are all aware of the economic conditions that surround us today.  Times are tough for everyone.  Our political leaders have developed a stimulus package to help generate new jobs, new attitudes, and new money into our economic systems.

This is good thing on a national level, but there is concern about the local communities and small businesses across the US.  When the local news in Oakland heard about “a pharmacist in a small Alabama town who started a grass roots stimulus campaign based on his concern that federal stimulus dollars wouldn’t reach local businesses” they wanted to know more. (Source: Susan Groshans, July 6, 2009)

Alabama pharmacist, Danny Cottrell, launched a homegrown stimulus package in order to pay it forward. Cottrell’s company gave away $2 bills to their employees and encouraged them to spend it locally and the passion is catching on!

The Peoples Stimulus Package was started to help generate more interest and more action on our parts, as citizens of this great nation, to help our fellow people.  Together we can get out of this economic crisis and it all starts with our attitudes. 

The word is spreading rapidly!  Cottrell’s story has been shared through many Press Stories across the US and there are currently 16 companies from Alaska to Florida participating in this unique stimulus package.  Read the blog to learn more about the fun people are having stimulating on the small scale and making a difference in their local communities.

Cottrell’s compassion for local businesses and for his community have always been an important part of his life.  Giving back to the community is a small way for him to share responsibility for the common good and make a positive impact on his employees.  His leadership has inspired others to do the same.  The Peoples Stimulus Package website was created by Dave Theobald, of Turman Commercial Painters, to help encourage others to follow in Cottrell’s footprints.

What can you do on a local level to improve your leadership?  What are your strengths?  Remember that leadership is motivational and inspirational.  It doesn’t have to be a stimulus package that spans the nation, it can be something on the home front that makes a difference in your community.  I challenge you, blog readers, to think and act locally.  Together we can motivate and inspire others.  We can make a difference and we can bring our country out of this economic downturn.  Our attitudes and our actions need to reflect our thoughts.  Let’s go!  Let’s become better leaders together!


Leadership in Six Words

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on July 20th, 2009    No Comments

Once upon a time Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story using only six words. Impossible, some thought. Not for Papa, as Neal Conan explained on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. The next day Hemingway produced this: ‘For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.’

The million dollar question for any leader is this: did you leave the organization in a better place than when you found it? Sadly we have discovered that the great recession we are enduring was in part due to senior executives who did not leave their companies better off, even though they themselves exited with pockets full of cash.

For leaders, this six-word exercise works well as a form of aspiration, that is, how do I want to be remembered? So if you are early or mid career, you have time to make changes so that you can become the leader you are capable of becoming.”

Business Week Magazine article, Leadership in 6 Words, offers some guidance to creating a concise statement about your leadership style.  Whether you are just starting out on your leadership path, or you’re looking for the tools to help you sharpen your leadership strenths, The Leadership Trust can help you go from great to greater.  Check out our signature program, Personalized Leadership Development Program, to learn more about what makes our program so powerful and successful.  After you attend a program with us, you’ll be able to describe our program in 6 words: The best leadership training experience ever!


Preparing for the end of the recession

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on July 16th, 2009    No Comments

Planning Now for an Economic Rebound

Optimism among private-company CEOs is at a 16 year low, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers.  As a result, companies are putting expansion plans on hold, says Ken Esch, a partner with the firm.  That could be a mistake, warns Esch, who has been encouraging clients to do more than just hunker down.  In fact, he says, now may be the best time to start planning for a rebound.  “Companies can build a strong advantage during a recession,” Esch says.  “Many successful businesses got that way because they made a strategic decision during difficult times.”

Below are six steps you can take now to prepare for the end of the recession:

1. Invest in technology– Technological improvements- new billing software, for example, or an online ordering system- will allow you to add new customers with little additional cost when business picks up.

2. Snap up talent on the cheap– Because of record layoffs, the job market is flooded with qualified applicants.  Take this opportunity to hire talented employees at a discount.

3. Ramp up training– Identify employees’ strengths and weaknessess and invest in targeted training and development programs to prepare them for the upswing.  The Leadership Trust® can help in training and developing your leaders during this ‘down time’ so that you are well prepared for the changes sure to come.

4. Form strategic partnerships– Make the most of the business slowdown by striking up partnerships that will pay off down the road.

5. Get to know prospective customers– Build relationships with potential customers and learn more about their needs, then tailor your offerings accordingly to position your company for the future.

6. Cut costs strategically– Instead of making across-the-board cuts, analyze costs carefully and reduce spending in ways that are unlikely to impair future growth.  Be sure to put controls in place so spending stays in check after the rebound.

Planning Now for an Economic Rebound published July 2009 by Inc. Magazine

6 Ways to Be a Better CEO

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on July 14th, 2009    No Comments

Inc. magazine asked a group of CEO’s, including Twitter‘s Evan Williams, which managerial skill they would most like to improve.  They received some interesting answers.

Salena Cuffe, CEO of Heritage Link Brands, said the one thing that she would like to improve on is delegating more.  Salena told Inc., “…as someone who founds a business, who helps to build the organization and identifies all the human capital and the resources that go into taking the business forward, it’s very difficult to let go.  To me, delegation is all about feeling comfortable with the fact that people are going to do things better than you, because that’s why you hired them.”

Watch the slide show to learn more: 6 Ways to Be a Better CEO

Whether you are a current CEO or an upcoming CEO, The Leadership Trust® can help you develop these 6 skills and more to become a more effective leader.

Leadership Quotes

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on July 10th, 2009    No Comments

Leadership is not magnetic personality; that can just as well be a glib tongue.  It is not making friends and influencing people; that is flattery.  Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”

Peter F. Drucker, author of The Effective Executive

A Real-Life Lesson on How to Get Hired:

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on July 7th, 2009    No Comments

One of our program graduates- David Jarrett, VP of Human Resources, Clariant Corporation– recently shared with us and his leadership class (PLDP, 10/07) the following excerpt from an interview with Ritz-Carlton CEO Simon Cooper*.  When the topic turned to what hiring process Cooper used to maintain his company’s award-winning service, he answered:

When somebody asks me about the qualities we’re looking for and wants to know the most important, empathy is the outcome I’m looking for.  And if you pin me down and say, ‘Okay, if that’s the outcome you’re looking for, what’s the input to create that?’  I like Tennyson’s ‘Self-Reverence.’  Tennyson had this expression that to be a great leader you needed ‘self-reverence, self-knowledge, and self-control– these three alone lead to power.’  Self-reverence means you like yourself.  You’re comfortable with who you are.  And it’s amazing.  When you think about people who didn’t work out, they were not comfortable with themselves.  They haven’t come to terms with who they are.  And if you haven’t come to terms with who you are, and if you don’t like yourself, you can’t empathize.  You don’t have the ability or the time to put yourself in other people’s shoes; you’re still trying to figure out your own shoes.”

Those of us at The Leadership Trust® especially enjoyed David Jarrett’s commentary on Simon Cooper’s quote, for which he gave us permission to include: “What a great quote!  And Holly, if that’s not a ringing endorsement for the importance of what you’re accomplishing in the PLDP, I don’t know what is.”  David Jarrett, VP HR; Clariant Corporation.

We thank David for his submission of this great quote that may help people out there struggling to find work.  We are also grateful for our ongoing relationship with Clariant and their perpetual presence in our Personalized Leadership Development Program™ (PLDP).  Our mission is to support, on a global basis, the creation, development, and implementation of highly effective, high integrity leadership serving the ultimate well-being of all persons everywhere.  And it all starts with leaders engaging in an intensive Self-Awareness process.

*Source: Creating Value Through People, published by Mercer, Copyright 2009 John Wiley and Sons Inc., page 146.