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Are You a Negotiator or Compromiser? Print E-mail
Written by Ray Fairman   
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Before you answer that question, ask yourself this question. Where do you as a person draw the line between negotiation and compromise and is that line necessary? It will be my contention that the line and subsequent decision to draw it is based on your acceptance of the societal predisposition to blur the line between healthy and unhealthy compromises.
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Are You Destined To Lead "Appendex A" Print E-mail
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Mission Ready Leadership Essentials from the "Ol' Gunner"

Just a few leadership reminders I picked up along my 42 years 5 months and 12 days (but who's counting...) of Marine Corps service. I hope they serve you as well as they have served to remind me just what my responsibilities really are.

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Chapter XXIII “Hot Wash” Leadership Performance Assessment Print E-mail
Written by Ray Fairman   
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As we bring this leadership tutorial to a close, there are some things that I want you to pay special attention to as an up-and-coming leader. First I want you to always bear in mind that while you can in fact learn from your successes, more often than not they will be more effective in helping you teach others while you will learn much more from your mistakes. When you are successful in an endeavor, it is by and large because you already know what to do and how to do it. On the other hand you will learn mountains from your mistakes, when you accept the responsibility for making them that is. Second never forget that that same maxim also holds true for those subordinates you lead. If you want to foster leadership in those around you then develop a nurturing style of leadership and do the world a favor, leave your road of life littered with germinating neophyte leaders, not their corpses.
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Chapter XXII Josiah (Victory) Print E-mail
Written by Ray Fairman   
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In our last discussion the initiating text will come from II Chronicles 34:3 - 35:19 where we are going to learn our lesson from Josiah who is remembered by most people who know about him as a triumphant leader.

Before a leader can ever achieve any degree of real success, he or she must first win his or her internal battles. Similarly the victorious leader must guide their team to victory by helping it to resolve any internal dissension or inter-personal rivalries that may exist. 

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Chapter XXI David and Saul (Personal Boundaries) Print E-mail
Written by Ray Fairman   
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What is it that keeps a person from reaching their full potential? Many things can block or distract the still maturing leader and from II Samuel 5:1-4 we are going to learn about one of those things, called dealing with personal limitations, from the team of David and Saul. They were both Kings whose leadership abilities determined their ultimate effectiveness. We will find that these two Kings held different perspectives on what they felt they could and could not do. A person can let their perceived boundaries put a manhole cover on their dreams or provide them with an opportunity to take that often self imposed manhole cover and turn it into a Frisbee.
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Chapter XX King David (Accountability) Print E-mail
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Personal Accountability  is a lesson that cannot be overlooked... so in I Chronicles 11:10 - 12:40 we are going to learn something I hope about the importance of seeking and listening to wise counsel, from David who was a leader who was known to many by the company he kept.
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