The Barrett Leadership Blog

The Barrett Leadership Blog allows those of you who have read my books or have utilized The Barrett Center for Leadership Development, LLC™ services another means to immerse yourself in the conversation of leadership and organizational development. Therefore, I encourage you to participate in an open and honest manner so that you can continue to develop your leadership from the inside out.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Success: Is It Really Based On Our Choices?

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Successfully Dealing With Change: Embracing Change/Chaos As The New Constant

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Influenced by globalization, increasing outsourcing of American jobs through unfair international trade agreements, competition from rising economies of countries like China and India, seemingly never-ending wars (Iraq and Afghanistan), recently record oil prices, an economy weakened by a downturn in the US housing market (resulting in a shaking finance sector and a deep US recession), Americans and the organizations they work for are being forced to shake things up if they want to stay afloat. Look at what's happening to America's once dominant auto and banking industries. GM, Ford, and Chrysler are asking for federal funds to try to stay in business, while Wall Street heavyweight Lehman Brothers has folded. It seems that the world is in chaos. Well the truth is, that it is, but what many of us refuse to acknowledge is that it always has been, we have just turned a blind eye to that because humanity is afraid of accepting the fact that we cannot control all aspects of our existence. Even science, cannot control anything, but rather tries to understand life and events through trial and error. Control and stability in the natural world does occur, but not how we perceive it. Humanity's desire to have the world and its events conform to our worldview is a losing battle, that just brings about despair, heartache, and destruction. But, what if we embraced that change/chaos is constant and that we can at best try and predict change by analyzing trends?

A key concept that humanity has to acknowledge is that change/chaos is the only constant in life, therefore being able to predict and adapt successfully to trends that allow for change is essential to survival and success from the individual to the organizational level.

I invite you to listen to what Harvard professor John Kotter has to say about change. After all, aren't all of the issues that I outlined to begin this piece caused by changes in the marketplace or world conditions?

You, I, and our organizations must shift our thinking from safety and stability to one that embraces the notion of change/chaos as the only true constant in our existence.



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Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Open Mind

This thread is not specific to any leadership issue or topic, rather it is an open space for you to pose questions, comments, or concerns that are related to personal leadership and/or organizational development. This is your time to speak out, be heard, and get free advice from experts in the fields of management, personal leadership, and organizational development. You can also communicate with other readers who share the same interest in self and/or organizational development. Now, there is no set time for The Open Mind, as it can occur any day of the week. Therefore, if you want to participate in a lively personal leadership and organizational development discussion, I encourage you to keep abreast of The Barrett Leadership Blog's postings on a daily basis.

Be bold, adventurous, and participate by asking and discussing personal leadership and organizational development issues that concern you.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Upcoming Presentation: Live The Life You Desire, Start The New Year Right!!!!!




To All Readers:


I will be conducting a presentation discussing the leadership practices that comprise The Barrett Leadership Model(TM) this coming Friday January 23rd @ the Real Lounge in Harlem, NYC. The Real Lounge is located at 695 Malcolm X Boulevard between 144 and 145 st. There is no cover charge, but because it is a lounge there is a two drink minimum (non-alcoholic drinks). Get there early as the presentation will begin promptly at 7pm.
Live the life you desire, start the New Year right!!!!!!
See you there.

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Overcoming Life's Challenges In 2009: A Soldier's Story

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When I was 19 years old, I was deployed to the Middle East in support of operation Southern Watch. I had been out of basic training and technical school about a month prior to this deployment, so, I was inexperienced and not rated to perform in a real word setting. However, there was reluctance on the part of more senior members of my unit to go to the Middle East because of their safety concerns, so I was designated to go. I cannot express in words how scared I was when I got the news. No matter what a soldier tells you, he/she is scared when it comes to war, but it is what we are prepared to do when we are called upon by our country. In my case, the problem was that I was not trained for real world deployments. I did not complete weapons training or chemical warfare training, nor was I rated on any of the satellite systems that we would be operating and maintaining during the operation. None of this mattered, as my unit commander tried to assure me that everything would be all right, as I boarded the long flight for the Middle East.

I remember the day we landed. It was a typical 95-degree day in the middle of the desert. My team was tasked to set up our satellite systems immediately and begin coordinating the mid-air refueling runs between the air force refueling pilots and US fighter pilots (tasked to enforce the Iraqi no fly zone). It was difficult but my team got everything up and running in less than 24 hours. However, it came to my sergeant’s attention that there was another satellite group that was shorthanded, and needed someone to operate and maintain their satcom van (which was responsible for all of the base’s telecommunications) for 12-hour solo shifts throughout the duration of the operation.

Since my technical background was closely related to their equipment, I was the person sent to their unit even though I was noted rated nor had any real world experience with any of the equipment I was working on during the operation. After a two-week crash course, I was manning solo 12-hour shifts. Initially, I was terrified that something would go wrong, and it would all fall on my shoulders. During my 3-month stint manning the satcom van, there were a few maintenance incidents that I was able to handle in a timely manner, keeping the base communications running uninterrupted.

My superiors were so impressed with my ability to learn and perform the job effectively in such a short time that they put me in for a commendation medal, which I was awarded upon my return stateside. What I learned from this experience was that even when fear is the dominate emotion, one can still overcome. Life has challenges, but the objective is not to run away from or ignore them, but rather to meet them head on and fight until you win.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Upcoming NYC Event: Come Early


Are you living an unhappy, unfulfilled, or unproductive life?


Don’t know where to turn for help?


If only someone would supply you with the answers to help you turn your life around.


Well…, if you are finally fed up with your life and willing to do the work to change it, we have the answers that you need to turn your life around!


Join Dr. Mario O. Barrett III, Ph.D. author of bestseller Leading from the Inside-Out and creator of The Barrett Leadership Model, as he discusses the leadership practices that will lead you to living the life you desire.


Come early and get a quality seat, as this is an event you do not want to miss.


Date: Friday, January 30th 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Location: Simply To Empower @ 189-28 Linden Blvd., Bwt 190th and Farmers Blvd. St., Albans, Queens

Admission: $10.00 per person

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Open Mind

This thread is not specific to any leadership issue or topic, rather it is an open space for you to pose questions, comments, or concerns that are related to personal leadership and/or organizational development. This is your time to speak out, be heard, and get free advice from experts in the fields of management, personal leadership, and organizational development. You can also communicate with other readers who share the same interest in self and/or organizational development. Now, there is no set time for The Open Mind, as it can occur any day of the week. Therefore, if you want to participate in a lively personal leadership and organizational development discussion, I encourage you to keep abreast of The Barrett Leadership Blog's postings on a daily basis.

Be bold, adventurous, and participate by asking and discussing personal leadership and organizational development issues that concern you.

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