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Doc Holly Offers Unusual Pro Bono Workshop, March 28, 2010

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on March 23rd, 2010    1 Comment

The degree to which you see similarities between a spiritual journey workshop and leadership training tells me how familiar you are with the essence of personal and professional development. In other words, there should be a lot of overlap between the two if indeed some profound change is to take place.

Sunday March 28, 2010, between 9 am and 11am, I’ll have the privilege to work with some unusually gutsy women who inspire me every year. The retreat is entitled Women on a Spiritual Journey to Healing, where the theme this year is ‘No One Can Judge You Unless You Allow Them.’ (For local, interested women, join us at Avila, located  in Durham, NC.)

These are women from different walks of life – women recovering from medical challenges, substance abuse and other issues, women who have opened their own businesses in the past year and overcome all odds against them.  If you want to experience human authenticity at its best, there is a certain raw appeal in these courageous women, and I am humbled every single time I am given the privilege to engage them. These are women who have been strengthed by their own acknowledged vulnerability, whose real strength of character has grown from “a scared place,” a place from where their courage mysteriously appeared only because there was no other way out of their darkness.   

Dian Wilson, Housing for New Hope, is a graduate of our Self-Awareness Workshop, and is the brainchild behind this offering, and Terry Allebaugh, who is a graduate of our Personalized Leadership Development Program and the Executive Director of Housing for New Hope, has made it possible for hundreds of homeless people to find not just a home, but reason to hope and to live and to love again.   That’s leadership at its best, and this blog is a tribute to their fine work and the joy I get to feel being a part of their enterprise.

Transformational Leadership – transforming the brilliant brute!

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on March 18th, 2010    No Comments

What would you do? Let’s say you have someone on your executive or management team who fulfills the description of brilliant brute. “John is brilliant, forward thinking, driven, highly capable and knowledgeable but is inadvertently demoralizing those with whom he works.  People are publicly chastised, put down , and … well, nobody is as smart as this one-man show known as John.”  If only we could tease out the bad (that which is not working) such that his gifts and talents could catapult to a whole new level.  The boss has declared that “John” is a keeper because of the value he has added over the years but contends he “must change”.  Sound familiar? What did you do? Or what would you do?

Take action!

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on March 12th, 2010    No Comments

“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”  Mark Twain

Both of these great literary figures have put the key to success into one step- take action.  It is simple, yet complex at the same time.  It is easy to be overwhelmed when we assume action has to be a huge step, but it really doesn’t have to be so complicated.  Sometimes, a simple identification of the true problem is the hardest step, but once the problem is known, the solution comes easily.

Breaking down the big steps into smaller portion that you can tackle daily will help you realize the goals, projects, aspirations, and changes you want to see in your life.  One day at a time, one step at a time, you will achieve your goals before you even know it!

What do you do to help break down the big picture into smaller steps?  Please share your tips with us!

Trading Places: A Smart Way to Change Your Mind

  Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on March 3rd, 2010    No Comments

Want new ideas for your company?  Trade places with another CEO.

In a recent Harvard Business blog post, author William (Bill) Taylor, describes the experiment executed by two top CEOs on Fortune Magazine‘s Best Companies to Work For list.  Maxine Clark, founder and CEO of Build-a-Bear Workshop, and Kip Tindell, co-founder and CEO of the Container Store switched places for the day and were able to gain much insight into how they can better run their own companies.

Taylor describes how many business leaders look outside their industries for the newest ideas and processes that easily transfer into revolutionary concepts that can challenge current misconceptions or assumptions.  “Strategies and practices that are routine in one market segment can be revolutionary when they migrate to another, especially when those ideas challenge the prevailing assumptions that have come to define so many market segments,” Taylor writes.

Read the full article here.

As leaders, we have to continually scan the horizons for new ideas, new forms of communication, new techniques, and creative ways to work with our people, our companies, and our goals.  This example is a great way to give/receive an outside perspective for your company.  If you need help, ask for it.  Talk with other CEOs and maybe trade places with them!  That’s how good leaders become great leaders and how we can all reach our full human potential!