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China Rail to Unite Asia

According to a recent article by NPR, China has plans in the works to expand its rail system beyond its borders. The Chinese are negotiating with Laos, their nearest neighbor, to install a high-speed rail system in northern Laos. Once established in Laos, the rail system would head south in order to intersect with Thailand’s rail system. The Chinese are rumored to be commencing negotiations with the Thai regarding routes and financial arrangements. Ultimately, the rail system will connect to Singapore. While a massive investment, a China – Singapore rail system could unleash unparalleled travel between the Asian financial powers. As China builds infrastructure and diversifies its financial future, the United States is embroiled in wars and mired in ever-polarizing politics.

Posted by Doug Van Dyke on 2011-06-24 at 05:07 PM
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Perseverance and Winning

In April of this year, a relatively unknown 22-year old named Rory Mcllroy was positioned to win the Masters Golf Tournament. On the verge of victory in one of sports premiere events, he choked and finished 15th. While still a respectable finish, he had history in his pocket for a time.


Fast-forward to this past weekend. Merely two months after his collapse at the Masters, Mcllroy burned up a tough U.S. Open course and scorched the field, leaving them behind by eight stokes. In the process he won one of golf’s major tournaments and set a new U.S. Open scoring record. He also showed incredible perseverance as he remained confident regarding his skills and potential.


So what lesson does this story hold for leaders? Simple: stay the course! In other words, if you or your business suffers a setback or two, take stock of your strengths. Focus on what you can control – your outlook and behaviors. Do not let negative head trash drive you and your team. Rather, pragmatically look at the positives and get back on your game. Oh, and win!

Posted by Doug Van Dyke on 2011-06-22 at 06:48 AM
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Visualize Sales and Leadership Success

Hall of Fame running back Roger Craig engaged in a visualization session prior to every football game in which he played. He would close his eyes and intently picture each play in which he could play a part. And while he ran through each play in his mind, he visualized himself scoring a touchdown. Now, I don’t know how many of you know who Roger Craig is, but let me say this: He played on several world championship teams, and scored many, many touchdowns. In other words, he was something special. So are you. As such, seek to continually raise the bar. Perhaps visualization could provide that extra edge you need going into an important meeting, presentation, or sales call. It only takes a moment to take a deep breath, put yourself in the moment, and to visualize a successful encounter. Trust me, most high-performing professionals use visualization - no matter what sport or industry in which they are engaged.


Roger Craig was very intentional about his visualization “ritual.” It was a big part of his personal winning formula. Perhaps visualization holds the promise to be part of your winning formula as well.


Bottom Line: Whether you are a leader or a sales professional, get visual. Prior to engaging in an important meeting make certain that your head is in the right place. Allow yourself a moment or two to visualize success. Put the future into the present when you visualize. In doing so, you ensure success today, as well as tomorrow.

Posted by Doug Van Dyke on 2011-06-09 at 07:52 AM
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