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                C6lsGaBUwAEYgN9.jpgA CHARGING BULL                      

                 OPEN AND DIRECT
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In our money economy there are 2 essential life sustaining disciplines:

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Personal and Financial health.

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The quality of our life and lifestyle flows from each if we are willing to pay the price.

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To assure that lifetime financial certainty underpins all our hopes and dreams we must take care of both – on time.

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The ability to execute flawlessly is the essence of high performnce.

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In a wired world the key ingredient in ‘Olympic’ Best in Class performance is the capacity for disciplined, integrative collaborative teamwork and real time communication.

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RESULTS COUNT

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In the world of commerce we are measured equally by what we bring to the genuine meaning of family.

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Family requires a characteristic I refer to as that of a ‘net giver’.

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Simple logic suggests that if among a group of individuals each member is a ‘net taker’ there simply will not be enough to go around.

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This site is a reflection of my belief in the core value of collaborative behaviour in both areas of our life.

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Family is the purest form of ‘giving’ – there is no financial premise included in its execution.

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I have enjoyed a partnership with such an individual for over 50 years.

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For a contemporary view of ‘Family’ visit:

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http://dan-zwicker.blogspot.com/2011/03/family-in-west-in-life-in-death-oedipal.html

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A personal note:

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Facebook asks “What’s on your mind?”

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Here’s what’s on my mind:

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Having been in an unequivocal support role in our extended family ‘enterprise’ for 53 years in a partnership with my gracious, very socially responsible, acutely intelligent wife who is the CEO of our Family Enterprise here are my unvarnished observations:

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It takes a rare combination of vision, focus, energy, uncompromising strength of character and purpose in valuing, creating, developing and maintaining unity in a large, diverse, extended family.

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It takes grace under pressure.

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The capacity for empathy and compassion, a very strong loving, attentive, unconditionally accepting and firm guiding hand, a talent for collaborative team building, organizing, extraordinary skill in mediating and resolving conflicts, personal self discipline and a genuine comfort in your own ‘skin’ – is simply put, a matter of being grounded.

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Success in this ‘enterprise’ is an inside job. Everything we need we have and control – located between our ears. It is not everyone’s bag. There is no mention of math, science, language, history, the social sciences, the classical professions, commerce or a myriad of other areas of higher learning in these observations.

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It is a lifelong marathon – certainly not a sprint. Above all it is about establishing a culture of ethical choice premised on the capacity to move from  vs. ‘ME’ to ‘WE’.

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In the commercial world such enterprises are described as a having a collaborative team based environment with a client centric focus.

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It’s purpose in both worlds is simple – the empowerment of those we love in our family and those for whose growth and development we are responsible as well as those whom we serve in our commercial lives.

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In the world of complex knowledge and information the relationship with those whom we seek to influence whether commercially or on a social level is most effectively achieved through genuine engagement – through values based leadership one-on-one and above all through lifetime high performance coaching and mentoring.

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I view family creation, building, growth, maintenance, retention and unity as just such a complex enterprise – hence the choice of CEO as the label I attach to this leadership role.

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In my personal observations of over 50 years I never cease to be amazed and impressed with my wife’s unwavering belief in the purpose and value of an inclusive family unit and her display of the characteristics I have described – and of many others that I have not. She has been blessed with extraordinary role models along the way.

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Effectiveness in this enterprise model is measured by the growth of others – through contributing to the greater good. Our own personal growth is simply a by – product.

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It requires a tough balanced code of lifetime behaviour – including toughness of mind and gentleness of heart, unwavering purpose, focus, intellect, spirit, character, personal judgment and a positively optimistic view of the future.

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Not unique, of course, but certainly uncommon, in my opinion, observation and experience.

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Gratefully,

Dan Zwicker.

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On the subject of family:

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Here is my point of view:

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https://beyondrisk.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/on-the-subjects-of-marriage-and-family/

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