Sunday, March 09, 2014

The Crucial Test for Leaders-How High is Your Positive Quotient(R)?

Dear Clients, Colleagues and What You Say Is What You Get(R) Positive Leadership Newsletter Subscribers, 

Spending the recent holiday with positive open communicative tuned-in company reminded me to ask myself.....
how high is my Positive Quotient(R)?  I trademarked this phrase for my questionnaires, articles and seminars because it is so important
to remember to focus on the positive and not be a "Squeaky Wheel" leader driven by crises and problems!

Research clearly shows that positive people generate more business, attract more positive situations and are more likely to get funding!

Welcome! Join me and ask yourself these Positive Quotient(R) questions:

1.  What percentage of your focus is on the positive vs. negative in your business?
2.  How often do you let crises and upsets distract, overtake you and derail your positive relationships, vs. staying on a positive focus?
3.  What % of your associates are positive, supportive, collaborative, and communicate frequently/well, vs. negative, critical, aloof, unavailable?
4.  How well are you attracting and keeping positive collaborative people into your business life?
5.  Do you nurture those positive relationships or just take them for granted or ignore them?
6.  How loyal are you over time to positive colleagues who have added great value to your business and life?
7.  How well do you remember and appreciate support given to you in the past and continue to value those who gave it?
8.  How diligent are you at keeping positive people in your business/life?
9.  How well do you keep your accounts up to date with your best supporters, financially and psychologically/spiritually?

How do you rate on these 9 questions?  The higher your Positive Quotient(R), the better your business will go.
I found that mostly I am doing well and more positive people are entering my sphere.  The very few negative critical people are all in one deal, I do not let them upset me or engage them emotionally.  I am just clarifying facts  to honor my word I would do so...once this deal ends, I will not do business with them again...their choice to go negative has burned their bridge with me. Had I known their character at the start (they presented as very positive), I would not have worked with them....Live and learn!

Although "Squeaky Wheel" leadership --focusing on the negative, can be captivating, it is damaging to your health and bottom line.
If you have negative critical or cold, aloof, unavailable colleagues in your business, is it time to clean house?  Think about it!!
And be sure to nurture your most positive supporters!!
I wish you the most positive successful business life!
I appreciate your contribution to our still-wounded economy!
Dr Linne


"Build on Your Best" Giving you the power to predict, profit, & protect 
Dr. Linne Bourget M.A. M.B.A. Ph. D www.oldpowernewpower.com www.whatyousayiswhatyouget.com Pioneer, strengths-based leadership, Master Intuition System 
Founder/CEO 480-767-1717 Institute for Transformation Leaders&Consultants 
Strategist, Consultant, Speaker, 
Author of From Old Power to New Power – Which Leaders Will Survive? 
Co-author with Mark Victor Hansen, Deepak Chopra, Amazon #1Bestseller, Wake Up, Live the Life You Love - Finding Personal Freedom 
Author, What You Say Is What You Get® Series: The Secret Language of Great Business Results 
Dr. Linne's Leadership Guides Series Positive Quotient PQ® Questionnaire Appreciative Quotient AQ® Questionnaire 
Secrets of Powerful Appreciation for Parents and Children, 2 CD Audio by "Dr. Appreciation" Appreciation: The Secret Key to Magical Marriage !! Power Course on Intuition for Business Leaders! "The greatest challenge is taking complete responsibility for your own greatness." Dr. Linne Copyright 2005-2014. All Rights Reserved. Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.

Monday, February 03, 2014

Three Powerful Positive Leadership Lessons for You from the Superbowl!!

 Hello, Everyone

A dear friend once inspired me to say for the first time ever, "only depth gives you freedom".  He replied:  "Whoa, that is profound!"  He saw that only depth frees you to be, do, and have the best in your life...yet very few business owners and leaders work in depth...most think they are too busy!  Big mistake! 

Looking more deeply than the plays and the scores, what about the Seahawks allowed them to have the freedom of creating a walkaway win over the Broncos and the first Seattle Superbowl championship ever?

Three Powerful Seahawks Leadership Lessons:

1.  A spiritual foundation:  Quarterback Russell Wilson said it first every time he spoke:  Thank God...he is clear he is on a spiritual mission, not just in a game or a business.
2.  Positive mindset--the Seahawks has a passionately powerful mindset and focused on being Champions starting over a year ago...and kept to this vision passionately!  This bonded them together more tightly as a team!
3.  Positive supportive collaborative coaching by Pete Carroll, in a very usual style, more emotional, supportive and player-centered.  This is a sea change from the old authoritarian tough as nails football tradition!!  Carroll's style created space for and encouraged the best from all players!  The old tough authoritarian near-hazing style is much less effective in unleasing strengths and greatness of course...times have changed!

1. How well does your business follow these leadership success lessons?
2. Do you have a strong spiritual foundation in your business?
3. Do you have a passionate commitment to your positive vision, and associate with those who believe in you and support you deeply?  

4. Do you allow into your business the most positive people or shut them out?  
5. Do you allow negative people into your business to drag you down, or stick to the positive professional people?
6. Do you provide great positive collaborative leadership which brings out the best in those on your team?

Remember.."Only depth gives us freedom!"...look at your business and yourself as a leader in more depth if you want better results!

In appreciation of you,
Dr Linne
--
"Build on Your Best"
Dr. Linne Bourget M.A. M.B.A. Ph.D., The Practical Ph.D.
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"Build on Your Best" Giving you the power to predict, profit, & protect 
Dr. Linne Bourget M.A. M.B.A. Ph. D www.oldpowernewpower.com www.whatyousayiswhatyouget.com 
Pioneer, strengths-based leadership, Master Intuition System 
Founder/CEO 480-767-1717 Institute for Transformation Leaders& Consultants Strategist, Consultant, Speaker, 
Author of From Old Power to New Power – Which Leaders Will Survive? 
Co-author with Mark Victor Hansen, Deepak Chopra, Amazon #1Bestseller, Wake Up, Live the Life You Love - Finding Personal Freedom 
Author, What You Say Is What You Get® Series: The Secret Language of Great Business Results Dr. Linne's Leadership Guides Series Positive Quotient PQ® Questionnaire Appreciative Quotient AQ® Questionnaire Secrets of Powerful Appreciation for Parents and Children, 2 CD Audio by "Dr. Appreciation" Appreciation: The Secret Key to Magical Marriage Coming soon!! Power Course on Intuition for Business Leaders! "The greatest challenge is taking complete responsibility for your own greatness." Dr. Linne Copyright 2005-2014. All Rights Reserved. Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Leaders! Do not even think of setting 2014 goals until you do this!

Hi Everyone,

Why do so many goals go unfulfilled?  We mean well, but somehow they get lost in our multi-tasked to-do lists.

What does it take to persevere enough to actually acheive our goals?

You may already have your goals written, so if you have, back up and do this now to put a foundation under your goals.

If you have not done your goals yet, by all means, do this first, then write your goals.

Here is the secret I use with planning and goal-setting with clients:  Always go over your previous year's foundation of your achievements and celebrate those to give you enough positive momentum.  Without doing this you are just putting more pressure on yourself without also adding greater support and appreciation...this just does not work! Everyone needs to be appreciated and have their successes celebrated!
"The deepest craving in human nature is to be appreciated."
William James, Harvard Psychologist

This appreciation and celebration and actually facing up to your achievements the previous year gives you the fuel you need in your mental/emotional gas tank to push your goals to fruition!  This in turn gives you more success and opportunities for growth!

So, make your list of achievements, celebrate and THEN set or revisit your goals!!
Wishing you the best of success!
Dr Linne Bourget

"Build on Your Best" Giving you the power to predict, profit, 
Dr. Linne Bourget M.A. M.B.A. Ph. D www.oldpowernewpower.com www.whatyousayiswhatyouget.com Pioneer, strengths-based leadership, Master Intuition System Founder/CEO 480-767-1717 
Institute for Transformation Leaders& Consultants Strategist, Consultant, Speaker, 
Author of From Old Power to New Power – Which Leaders Will Survive? Co-author with Mark Victor Hansen, Deepak Chopra, Amazon #1Bestseller, Wake Up, Live the Life You Love - Finding Personal Freedom 
Author, What You Say Is What You Get® Series: The Secret Language of Great Business Results, Dr. Linne's Leadership Guides Series Positive Quotient PQ® Questionnaire Appreciative Quotient AQ® Questionnaire Secrets of Powerful Appreciation for Parents and Children, 2 CD Audio by "Dr. Appreciation" Appreciation: The Secret Key to Magical Marriage Coming soon!! Power Course on Intuition for Business Leaders! "The greatest challenge is taking complete responsibility for your own greatness." Dr. Linne Copyright 2005-2014. All Rights Reserved. Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Ignoring Leadership 101: The Seven Deadly Sins 
of Unaffordable Obamacare 
Insights from an Economist & Change Leadership Expert

Hello everyone! 

Watching the political madness of the last few months, I have tried to be as positive as possible, but Obamacare
is the last straw! Obama's unilateral power approach in passing it guaranteed the political fractures we are seeing now with the shutdown and all...textbook grad. school case of authoritarian power and its results!

All of these 7 Deadly Sins are attributable to his unilateral use of power and ignoring reality--the buck always stops at the top!

Check out these 7 Deadly Sins of the Unaffordable Health Care Program

Deadly Sin #1:  Ignoring Economics 101-Promising you can add 30 million, who cannot pay, into the system and lower health care costs?  Which type of smoking was his favorite that day (he has done both)?  Cost overruns will be enormous!
Deadly Sin #2:  Ignoring Leadership Integrity 101:  Promising people they could keep their plans then having millions be cancelled, because current plans do not fit the one size fits all mentality, which is hugely and unnecessarily expensive...women don't need prostate care! And forcing abortion fees on everyone? Seriously?
Deadly Sin #3:  Ignoring Market Competition 101: Designing the system without more competition--guaranteed higher costs, lost jobs, fewer able to afford insurance, etc.
Deadly Sin #4:  Ignoring Business 101: Hooking in the insurance companies who thought they would have millions of new clients, but designing the plans to be so much more expensive fewer could afford them even with subsidies..the website numbers reveal this clearly.
Deadly Sin #5:  Ignoring Management 101:  Words are nothing.  Implementation is everything. With over 3 yrs, the website fails, the numbers are abysmal. Private sector companies like ehealth do this much better than government...they had plenty of time, but only tested security the week before opening!!  No excuses! Employer mandate had to be postponed. Sebelius would be fired in the private sector!
Deadly Sin #6:  Ignoring Medicine 101:  No health care plan without evidence-based natural medicine can be cost effective--natural medicine reduces costs! Yet this was completely ignored. Many traditional M.D.s are now open to this, and many patients want it. Should be included as a choice in plans..newsflash, it is still America, consumers have the right to choose! Cafeteria benefit plans have saved employers money for years!
Deadly Sin #7:  Ignoring Psychology 101: Putting the political agenda of government control and forcing this on our country with financial penalties above creating a better health care system, thus creating huge amounts of fear, frustration and even more lack of confidence in government.  Strategic error...the buck stops at the top of the house as always!! The President is in charge of the spirit of our nation, not just our bleeding bank accounts!

Whew! That is all I can deal with for one day! Hang in there...we will see what happens when all those young people he thought he could control do not sign up!  Oratory is one thing...the wallet is another.

The only true revenge for all this madness is your own excellence, so build your life, business, career, family and spiritual strength deeply and positively to counterbalance all these negatives...yes, you can!

Thank you for reading this.  Dr. Linne


"Build on Your Best" Giving you the power to predict, profit, & protect 
Dr. Linne Bourget M.A. M.B.A. Ph. D www.oldpowernewpower.com www.whatyousayiswhatyouget.com Economist, Fortune 10, 50, 100 Consultant
Pioneer, strengths-based leadership, Master Intuition System 
Founder/CEO 480-767-1717 Institute for Transformation Leaders& Consultants Strategist, Consultant, Speaker, Author of From Old Power to New Power – Which Leaders Will Survive? 
Co-author with Mark Victor Hansen, Deepak Chopra, Amazon #1Bestseller, Wake Up, Live the Life You Love - Finding Personal Freedom 
Author, What You Say Is What You Get® Series: The Secret Language of Great Business Results Dr. Linne's Leadership Guides Series Positive Quotient PQ® Questionnaire Appreciative Quotient AQ® Questionnaire Secrets of Powerful Appreciation for Parents and Children, 2 CD Audio by "Dr. Appreciation" Appreciation: The Secret Key to Magical Marriage Coming soon!! Power Course on Intuition for Business Leaders! "The greatest challenge is taking complete responsibility for your own greatness." Dr. Linne Copyright 2005-2013. All Rights Reserved. Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Chaos, Order, Power and Leadership

HI Everyone,

Wow, putting on my Economist and Leadership Power expert hats, I am watching the two steps forward one step back in the Power Shift from dictatorship to democracy ( my latest book, From Old Power to New Power--Which Leaders Will $urvive?)...tough going right now...vicious circle...poor economic growth opens the door for dictatorship which then weakens economic growth!  Seeing it here and home and abroad...very sad...tough lessons to be learned in many countries.

But, hey, Egypt, how could you possibly think Mursi would be democratic?  His pronouncement of his absolute power is in exact alignment with the beliefs of his party.   This was obvious before your 2012 election.  Hope this works out well for you there...would be good to have you as an ally again.

Here in the U.S., we see fruits not growing to ripeness:
-Our GDP was lowered by a huge 33 % from 2.4 to 1.8% for 2012, now the same as Russia.
-A poll reported 44% of Americans are worse off economically than a year ago.
-The markets dropped like a rock at the hint of "tapering" by the Fed.
-Top line revenue for corporate earnings has been nothing to write home about.
-Job formation 188,000 this week is only half of what we need to get back on track.
-Small business formation and job creation, usually creating 2/3 of our jobs, is at the lowest level in 30 yrs.
-I know many entrepreneurs with great products, technology and services who cannot get startup funding even in cities which are rebounding...not a good sign..in fact, a very bad sign. 

On this 4th of July, my prayer for our great if beleaguered nation, is that our economy strengthens,
more jobs are created, our Constitution and spiritual foundation are honored again and the innovative
spirit of America flourishes in business once again!!

May you have a safe and happy Independence Day!
Peace and Prosperity,
Dr. Linne

"Build on Your Best" Giving you the power to predict, profit, protect 
Dr. Linne Bourget M.A. M.B.A. Ph. D www.oldpowernewpower.com www.whatyousayiswhatyouget.com Pioneer, strengths-based leadership, Master Intuition System 
 Founder/CEO 480-767-1717 Institute for Transformation Leaders& Consultants 
Strategist, Consultant, Speaker, Author of From Old Power to New Power – Which Leaders Will Survive? Co-author with Mark Victor Hansen, Deepak Chopra, Amazon #1Bestseller, Wake Up, Live the Life You Love - Finding Personal Freedom 
Author, What You Say Is What You Get® Series: The Secret Language of Great Business Results Dr. Linne's Leadership Guides Series Positive Quotient PQ® Questionnaire Appreciative Quotient AQ® Questionnaire Secrets of Powerful Appreciation for Parents and Children, 2 CD Audio by "Dr. Appreciation" Appreciation: The Secret Key to Magical Marriage Coming soon!! Power Course on Intuition for Business Leaders! "The greatest challenge is taking complete responsibility for your own greatness." Dr. Linne Copyright 2005-2013. All Rights Reserved. Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Irrational Exuberance in the Markets-Leadership Myths

Hello, Everyone

I am amazed at the market rally...what is it based on?
Europe is still in major trouble...nothing has really been solved there...the power struggles birthed of the inevitable socialistic scarcity continue. Their unemployment rate of 11.6% is the highest ever.
Our GDP number was just lowered to nearly nothing here in the U.S.
The banks are still scandal ridden, LIBOR, etc., and are laying off employees and shrinking/deferring bonuses.
Loans are still very difficult to achieve.
The housing situation is slightly better but the loss of value is still huge for many homeowners.
Small business formation and small bus. job formation are the lowest in 30 years, and we 
know that small business growth is the key to jobs and turning the U.S. economy around, as the large corporations are punished for re-patriating cash and sales here would not justify expansion for them anyway as a rule. 
 The administration in DC is not friendly to small businesses and consistently makes it harder for them to grow, via taxes, regulations, health care costs, and now a higher minimum wage....and that is the only possibility for major growth. 


The global debt situation is choking a recovery with no signs of how that will mitigate.

So why are the markets up so much?  Tired of being bears?  Short term focus by traders?  Creating a rally to be able to sell? Just weary of bad news and grasping at straws?  Who knows?  I certainly do not.
It just seems like irrational exuberance all over again....the underlying economic factors just do not support this optimism, as much as we would like to see better numbers.
 
So tell me please, what is Wall Street thinking?  Or smoking?  This rally is just not sustainable...fasten your seat belt...it will be bumpy still.

Wishing I had better news,
Dr. Linne Bourget
"Build on Your Best" Giving you the power to predict, profit, protect 
Dr. Linne Bourget M.A. M.B.A. Ph. D
www.oldpowernewpower.com www.whatyousayiswhatyouget.com 
Pioneer, strengths-based leadership, Master Intuition System 
Founder/CEO 480-767-1717 Institute for Transformation Leaders& Consultants Strategist, Consultant, Speaker,
Author of From Old Power to New Power – Which Leaders Will Survive? 
Co-author with Mark Victor Hansen, Deepak Chopra, Amazon #1Bestseller, Wake Up, Live the Life You Love - Finding Personal Freedom 
Author, What You Say Is What You Get® Series: The Secret Language of Great Business Results Dr. Linne's Leadership Guides Series Positive Quotient PQ® Questionnaire Appreciative Quotient AQ® Questionnaire Secrets of Powerful Appreciation for Parents and Children, 2 CD Audio by "Dr. Appreciation" Appreciation: The Secret Key to Magical Marriage Coming soon!! Power Course on Intuition for Business Leaders! "The greatest challenge is taking complete responsibility for your own greatness." Dr. Linne Copyright 2005-2013. All Rights Reserved. Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

No Change-Why Would You Expect It? Leadership Lessons Post-Election

No Change-Why Would You Expect It: Leadership Lessons Post-Election

I cannot imagine why anyone thought Obama would move more centrist after
the election?  Why should he?  From his authoritarian power perspective, he
got what he wanted.  Why should he compromise just to strengthen our economy? 
Is that even his goal?  From his behavior, clearly not.  In my behavioral science/leadership world,
we say that if there is a gap between word and deed, the deed is the truest measure. Remember what I said before:  Leadership behavior reveals TRUE goals, not necessarily stated goals.

Unbelievable that the markets shot up on news of a minor deal with the major issues not addressed yet.
Short-term traders, clearly.  The long term risks have not been abated and are growing.  My colleagues who trade options are not touching this!


Remember the debt ceiling deal he had with Boehner for 800B$ of new revenue which we walked away from after it was agreed to, coming back with a demand for $1.2 Trillion in new revenue, a FIFTY percent increase?  Not the behavioral pattern of a centrist.  Brinkmanship with our nation's strength?  No problem for
anyone who wants power more than our good.

Tragically the Republicans were not strong enough to combat the very nasty campaign
which was predictable from previous behavioral patterns. So we are headed towards the European model,
which as we see has failed in Europe.  Their socialist path has created so much scarcity that they are
in a constant power struggle, who will have control over the banks, who will make the decisions, how will the profligate children be brought into line. 

Germany with the most hardworking capitalist model is being punished the most severely, expected to rescue the profligates.  Again my favorite Economist joke:  "The problem with socialism is that you run out of other people's money."  The illusion in the U.S. that Europe is more stable is just that.  Nothing has changed...the serious problems are just delayed further, as here in the U.S.  And I repeat:  Any social system which punishes the best and incentivizes laziness will fail of its own economic weight.  Only a vibrantly growing private sector can help the U.S. and Europe now.  Where is the support for that?  I don't see it.  Big mistake in policy.  Huge. 

A colleague recently said to me, "I am tired of hanging back.  Time for me to "man up" materially and spiritually."  National leaders could benefit from his advice.

Despite all, wishing you peace and prosperity for the New Year.
Don't let DC stop you from reaching your goals.
I am even more determined to reach mine!
Pedal to the metal--I have only owned 5 on the floor cars!
Dr. Linne Bourget

"Build on Your Best" Giving you the power to predict, profit,  protect
Dr. Linne Bourget M.A. M.B.A. Ph. D
 www.oldpowernewpower.com www.whatyousayiswhatyouget.com
 Pioneer, strengths-based leadership, Master Intuition System Founder/CEO 480-767-1717
 Institute for Transformation Leaders& Consultants Strategist, Consultant, Speaker,
Author of From Old Power to New Power – Which Leaders Will Survive?
Co-author with Mark Victor Hansen, Deepak Chopra, Amazon #1Bestseller, Wake Up, Live the Life You Love - Finding Personal Freedom
Author, What You Say Is What You Get® Series: The Secret Language of Great Business Results Dr. Linne's Leadership Guides Series Positive Quotient PQ® Questionnaire Appreciative Quotient AQ® Questionnaire Secrets of Powerful Appreciation for Parents and Children, 2 CD Audio by "Dr. Appreciation" Appreciation: The Secret Key to Magical Marriage Coming soon!!
Power Course on Intuition for Business Leaders! "The greatest challenge is taking complete responsibility for your own greatness." Dr. Linne Copyright 2005-2012. All Rights Reserved. Dr. Linne Bourget, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.