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My wife and I have an ongoing discussion about how much milk we should buy every week.  

She does the grocery shopping (thanks dear) and tries to buy just enough milk to get through the week.  My contention is that she should buy more than we expect to use because sometimes we run out of milk and then have to make an extra trip.   

As I looked in the fridge the other morning to get milk for the kid’s cereal, I realised that we can fall into a dangerous trap in life if we always try to do the minimum amount required.  I understood again that successful people always “buy more milk!”  

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Ever since Moses came down from Mt Sinai with the original 10 commandments in the Old Testament, people have had a fascination with top 10 lists.

As I’ve been musing on leadership principles recently, I’ve come up with my own 10 commandments of leadership. 

Of course, leadership is more complex and challenging than what you can fit into a list of 10 principles, but I hope that this is a good place to start that will get you thinking about how you can further develop your leadership capability.

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For a long period of time, experts thought that running the four-minute mile was impossible.  Roger Bannister proved them wrong.

Many people also thought that we would never see an African-American President of the United States, at least not in our life-time.  Barack Obama proved them wrong.

I recently read an interesting post by motivational speaker Willie Jolley, that discussed how our mindsets define what we think is possible.

In his post Willie talked about four different attitudes that we have:

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“Daddy, do you love me?”

Wow!  As a parent, I go straight into panic mode when I hear those words.

“Of course!  Why do you ask?  I tell you all the time!”  The responses come thick and fast as I attempt to overcome any concerns my kids may have that they’re not loved.

As I consider the gravity of this question, I can’t help but be challenged to ensure that each of my children (and my wife for that matter) know without a shadow of doubt that they are loved.

Here are four ways to get me started:

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My wife Karen was reading through a few of my posts earlier today and noticed a couple of typos. 

After wishing that I had done a better job in proof-reading myself before pressing publish, I realised that there are times when we all need someone to help us out with a little bit of editing from time to time.

Very few people like to receive constructive criticism, but it is an important component of personal development, so my question today is, who’s your editor?

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This story has been accredited to Socrates, although the original source may have been someone else.  Either way it’s a great tale that gives us some helpful hints on how to better deal with those who gossip and how to stop ourselves from spreading rumours as well.

One day, a student came up to the great philosopher.  “Socrates, I have just heard some news about one of your friends.”  he excitedly exclaimed.

“Before you tell me this news, we need to make sure that it passes the triple filter test,” responded Socrates.

“What’s the triple filter test?” the man asked.

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Chicago Bulls. Michael Jordan 1997

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It’s a boyhood dream.

The clock is running down, the game is close and you have the ball.  This is the moment when heroes are made.  Taking the big shot in basketball, stepping up to take the penalty in a football shoot-out or lining up for goal after a big pack mark in Aussie rules.

Do you shoot, pass or panic?

Do you have what it takes?

Do you even want to be there?

What do you think winners want?

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Canada Geese in V formation

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Geese are seemingly innocuous birds, but there have been some interesting and well-documented principles that can be learned from them, especially from their migratory flying patterns.   

This information has been used many times and has been attributed to Dr. Robert McNeish, who first used it in a sermon he delivered in the early 70’s.    

What can we learn from geese?    

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I love the English language, but sometimes a word comes along in another language that says it so much better.

“Sprezzatura” is an Italian word meaning ease of manner, studied carelessness or the appearance of acting without effort.

What a great word and a terrific concept.

It brings to mind a swan on a lake, smooth and graceful on the surface, but paddling hard underneath.

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Large blue water tuna purse seiner. A Puretic ...

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Just imagine a ship that is sitting still next to a jetty.  

If the captain wants to change the direction of the ship, he needs to get it moving first.  If the boat was to stay still, he couldn’t turn it around, it’s impossible.  The movement creates the opportunity to steer the ship. 

This principle is true in life as well, yet so often we miss it. 

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