News From LBD
September 2016 Volume 7 Issue 8
                The Sharing Couple
One day a little old and very cute couple walked into the local fast food restaurant. The little old man went up to the counter and ordered their food. He brought back to the table a hamburger, a small amount of fries and a drink.
Carefully he sliced the hamburger in two and then neatly divided the fries into two small piles. He sipped the drink and then passed it to his wife. She took a sip and passed it back.
A younger man at a nearby table observed this couple and begian to feel sorry for them. He offered to buy them another meal, but the old man respectfully declined saying that they were used to sharing everything.
The old man began to eat his food while his wife sat still, not eating. The young man continued to watch the old couple feeling there was something he should be doing to help. As the old man finished his half of the burger and fries, the old lady still had not started eating hers.
The young man couldn't take it anymore. He asked, "Ma'am, why aren't you eating?" The old lady looked up and politely said, pointing to the old man, "I'm waiting for the teeth."
Remember, things are not always as they appear, seek to understand first is a good  rule of thumb.


What Leaders Are Reading

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks --

Gay Hendricks, the New York Times bestselling author of Five Wishes, demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs. Fans of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and The Secret will find useful, effective tips for breaking down the walls to a better life in The Big Leap.

The Pumpkin Plan : A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field
by Mike Michalowicz --
After starting a new business, Michalowicz was making steady money, but there was never very much left over and he was chasing customers left and right. His company was alive but stunted. That's when he discovered an unlikely source of inspiration, pumpkin farmers. After reading an article about a local farmer who had dedicated his life to growing giant pumpĀ­kins, Michalowicz realized the same process could apply to growing a business. He tested the Pumpkin Plan on his own company and transformed it into a remarkable, multimillion-dollar industry leader.

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Leadership Tip of the Month
What has been your experience as a leader with jumping to conclusions? Has someone ever misunderstood you?
Too many times people (leaders) jump to conclusions  
and make decisions before they have all the facts. 
The wise leader that is patient and seeks to understand the problem first, eventually discovers that there is very little he or she has to do to help solve it.
Many  issues  have a way of working themselves out without the need of the leader intervening. At the very least, the leader that seeks to understand first puts himself or herself at a greater advantage in helping get the problem resolved if it needs to be.
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Quote of the Month
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."

     -Winston Churchill         
John Branstad