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I’m a Vistage Chair. One of 500+ Chairs working to increase the effectiveness & enhance the lives of executives & their Main St companies.
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7 Things Smart Learners Do Differently

7 Things Smart Learners Do Differently | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
What makes a real difference in reaching your potential is an ability to be a smart learner. See what smart learners do differently and what they can teach us.

Via Mark Taylor
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From my early days with Lee Thayer about 20+ years ago, it has always been about being in the learning mode.  Vistage, formerly known as TEC (The Executive Committee), was one of the many organizations that Lee infected with being in the learning mode as opposed to the knowing mode.  Red Scott would always say: You're green and growing (learning mode) or ripe and rotting (knowing mode).  I added that for many of us we turn to rotting and composting so that we can once again become green and growing.  It's not what I know that gets me in trouble. It's what I know that just ain't so...that does.   ozzie MIndfulness.com

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Mark Taylor's curator insight, February 24, 2014 6:58 AM

These are some useful characteristics of what differentiates smart learners. One of them, hanging around other smart people, is what a Vistage group is all about. The other, is to always be learning.

ozziegontang's curator insight, March 4, 2014 4:52 PM

From my early days with Lee Thayer about 20+ years ago, it has always been about being in the learning mode.  Vistage, formerly known as TEC (The Executive Committee), was one of the many organizations that Lee infected with being in the learning mode as opposed to the knowing mode.  Red Scott would always say: You're green and growing (learning mode) or ripe and rotting (knowing mode).  I added that for many of us we turn to rotting and composting so that we can once again become green and growing.  It's not what I know that gets me in trouble. It's what I know that just ain't so...that does.   ozzie MIndfulness.com

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TEC Florida: Stories are an important part of Red Scott’s Leadership

TEC Florida: Stories are an important part of Red Scott’s Leadership | All things Vistage | Scoop.it

A Leader, A Blue Vaser, A Storyteller Extraordinaire. This was written almost 5 years ago to honor Red Scott who touched my life and the life of so many.










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ozziegontang's curator insight, April 11, 2013 1:31 PM

A dear friend, teacher, mentor, and leader has died. Red Scott's legacy will live on for many generations to come.


Red, like Pat Hyndman, gave all though their lives and will continue to give for many generations by the legacy they have left behind. Red was the consumate: green and growing.  Always learning. Always having a story to put it in a way that would get the point across and yet having Texas humor.


His message to us came in December:


Sent: 12/6/2012 2:04:10 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: <no subject>

 

Dear Family and Friends:

To quote the great Dandy Don Meredith:

"Turn out the lights - - the party is over."  Oh and, I have also been
advised to not buy any more green bananas.

As most of you know I was diagnosed with aggressive Prostate Cancer almost 8 years ago. Kathy and I vowed then that we would try to live a normal life and squeeze out ever ounce of "living" - - for what ever time was left. Boy oh boy what a wonderful ride we have had !  Thanks in no small part to a great team of doctors who are knowledgeable, caring and loving !

My Maternal Grandmother (Eliza Jane Patton) used to say to me as a little boy:  "He with 1000 friends has not one to spare!"  Eliza, I don't know if I ever hit the 1000 mark - - but I came pretty durn close...

I apologize to the many, many of you who have called or wanted to stop by. We turned you away simply to try to preserve what little strength I had left.  I hope you understand.

Worry not about me now. I am looking forward to the greatest reward of all - - to go be with my Lord & Savior - - Jesus Christ.

Red Scott




Red's Cardinals  http://bit.ly/14eR0Mv



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Speakers' Spotlight – Watch: Highlights From Simon Sinek’s Vistage 2013 Talk

Speakers' Spotlight – Watch: Highlights From Simon Sinek’s Vistage 2013 Talk | All things Vistage | Scoop.it
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The role of a leader is to do the work necessary to create and maintain dynamic, honest relationships with staff, stakeholders, clients and customers alike. From the Leader down this culture must be adopted at all levels for an organization to obtain incredible success.


It isn't something that you talk about.  It is the way the Leader thinks. It is who the Leader is. Is it what the Leader does.


In his book: Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing, Dr. Lee Thayer focuses on the leadership necessary to create a high performance organization.


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Finding My Greatness Zone | Leading Leaders to Greater Success

Finding My Greatness Zone | Leading Leaders to Greater Success | All things Vistage | Scoop.it

My Greatness Zone is a result of the passion when I find my unique contribution and live it. It is the place one can change the world for the better in some way. Cindy shares how she has found hers.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, July 20, 2013 8:16 AM

We are interdependent.  We are herd/pack animals euphemistically calling ourselves social animals. It is with the help of others tht we reach our greatness.  That Greatness Zone lays in what Suzanne Livingston calls: My unique contribution. For me that is my passion around servant-leadership and building community.  Cindy shares well how the work as a fellow Vistage/TEC Chair has allowed me to fulfill my passion for the past 27 years.


Cindy talks about being good at what she did. She also mentions "I found I became bored easily"  When I can do something well and it becomes  habit, I can coast.  And you know what they say about coasting.  When you're coasting you're going downhill.


The challenge that Lee Thayer throws down is: How will I be better tomorrow that I was today in living my life and performing better than I was today personally and professionally?


Cindy has found her unique contribution that challenges her daily to be better than yesterday.


Remember, I cannot motivate another person. Motivation comes from within.


Motivation:  the state or condition of being motivated.

Motivate:     Providing motive.

Motive:        Goals or objectives of one's actions.Random House Dictionary


You may be able to inspire me, however it is up to me to achieve the "goals or objectives my one's actions."

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What Does It Take To Be A Great Chair?

What Does It Take To Be A Great Chair? | All things Vistage | Scoop.it

First and foremost, I have to be able to fill the seat. Have I worked on myself enough to show up in the "Learning Mode. It is about me as leader being the best prepared in any situation.  The most important things I have to learn is by doing them.


It can be summed up: I will be better tomorrow at what I do than I was today.

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Shared Values: Trust, Caring, Challenging, Growth.


The being better tomorrow than I was today means both personally and in the role I play. 


Am I the protagonist and main character in my own story or am I a supporting actor in someone else story?


The Servant Leader is the protagonist and main character in his/her own story. The Servant Leader does this by creating the environment where people are challenged.They know that it is because their leader cares about them. The drive is to become the most competent person they can become while on the road to showing up as a world-class human.They are united, leader and followers by a common and shared vision...of the future they are creating.


Lee Thayer's words ring true here: The sense of being fully alive you have in the present comes from the future cause you are serving.



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