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Love these g'baby girls!

I am in love!  I have 2 precious little grandbaby girls that have brought a love to my heart like no human has before. Of course, I love my GOD...above all else...and my wonderful husband, my children and my family...but there's just something about these little girls that is pure JOY.  I had the pleasure of spending much of this past week-end with them (1 and 2 and a half) and we had so much fun...doing nothing exceptional...but making beautiful memories! They laughed at the wind as it blew through my hair as we rode on the golf cart.  They picked figs off the wine, took a big gooshy bite and then handed it to me to do the same...and you know what, I did!   God is SO good and I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have them in my life.  I cherish every moment and will not take a single one of them for granted!   
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A new survey from a security company finds that one-in-five men say they'd be happy to send their wife downstairs to investigate a suspicious noise at night, and a quarter of men admitted to pretending to stay asleep after hearing a strange noise. Two-thousand adults were surveyed, and one-fifth of men estimated that their wives were braver than they are. Also, 44% of women and 28% of men admit to often lying in bed worrying they forgot to lock one lock. Two-thirds and women and just over half of men said they have a nightly routine which involves them checking all door and window locks. (Daily Mail)
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A new British survey reveals that parents of a newborn lose an average of 44-nights of sleep in the first year of their baby's life. To find this, researchers asked over 1,800 people to estimate how many times they were awoken by various things. The researchers say that 62% of parents say they wake up to feed their baby, 57% say they awake due to their child crying or waking, and 45% wake up with worries about their baby's safety. Additionally the research found that people are woken up by their partner more than twice a week, or 109 times per year. (Daily Mail)
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A poll from Harris Interactive finds that women say the perfect age is 53. To find this, over two-thousand women were surveyed, and psychotherapist Robi Judwig says, "This is really developmentally the time of life that women plug into themselves and respect themselves, listen to their own voice, so it makes sense that they would really feel good, because they're doing that." Experts say it's the perfect time to retire, for the kids to move out of the house, and when people are usually young and healthy enough to begin enjoying the disposable income they most likely have by that age. Additionally, experts note that women have more freedom in dating at age 53 because they no longer have to worry about having children and can date younger men if they so choose. (Yahoo)
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Recruiting women into government could help reduce corruption. A new study from Rice University found that women in democratic countries are less tolerant than men of corrupt behavior - possibly because they are more confined to their society's political norms. The study's lead author, Justin Esarey said, "When corruption is stigmatized, as in most democracies, women will be less tolerant and less likely to engage in it compared with men. But if 'corrupt' behaviors are an ordinary part of governance supported by political institutions, there will be no corruption gender gap." (Eurekalert)
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The Power of Servant Leadership

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. - Albert Einstein

A story is told that during the American Revolution a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers repairing a small defensive barrier. Their leader was shouting instructions, but making no attempt to help them.

Asked by the rider, he responded with great dignity, “Sir, I am a corporal!” The stranger apologized, dismounted, and proceeded to help the exhausted soldiers. The job done, he turned to the corporal and said, “Mr. Corporal, next time you have a job like this and not enough men to do it, go to your commander-in-chief and I will come and help you again.” The man was none other than George Washington.

“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitudes and actions” said Harold S. Geneen. And this is the essence of servant leadership. When talk becomes action; when ones purpose as a leader transcends position, and serving others is the norm rather than the exception, that is when leadership is truly understood.

Former President George H. W. Bush was asked in a Time magazine interview as to whether he has seen a shift in the past twenty years in the public’s attitude toward service.  “I think so, I hope so,” he replied. “Many schools include a service project as part of their curriculum, and many corporations have in-house projects for their employees or give them time off to do volunteer work. There’s a greater understanding about the importance of giving back.” This is encouraging when you consider how great the need is today for servant leadership.

Servant leadership can transform your life and your business. Here are three simple insights to bring it into focus.

Service is the model of leadership.

The simplest definition of leadership comes from John Maxwell who defines it in one word– influence. A servant leader is one understands that his influence individually can make a difference, but collectively can make a huge impact.

When you rally your people, time, and resources around causes greater than self, you are modeling the greatest use of leadership. “Strong convictions precede great actions,” said James Freeman Clarke. He’s right. What great causes are you and your organization rallying around?

Service is the blessing of leadership.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven,” said Jesus (Matthew 5;16). The best way to “find yourself” is by serving others. It’s as you give of your time, talent, and treasure that you begin to see the world around you in a different light. Servant leadership has nothing to do with weakness or being a doormat, but has everything to do with using your gifts and talents in a positive way.

When was the last time you praised a co-worker for a job well done? Who is the colleague going through a difficult time that could use your encouragement? How about giving a gift card to your hard working admin to express your appreciation?  When the idea of being a blessing becomes your corporate culture you will move your business into a whole new realm of purpose.

Service is the reward of leadership.

Do you want to position your team for greatness? As you set the example of servant leadership within your organization, the buy-in among your team will have significant meaning. Simply put, there are some rewards that will come your way that have nothing to do with your bottom line.  But the change in your company culture will be priceless.

“Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness – great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy,” said Jim Rohn.  Are you ready to open doors of greatness? As you become a catalyst for servant leadership it will open up new realities for you that you never knew existed.

Who will you serve today?

© 2013 Doug Dickerson
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