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Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News

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A popular movie back in 1978 was a movie starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Richard Pryor called, "The Wiz."  While Ross and Jackson provided the bulk of the singing in the movie, one hidden nugget was a number by Mabel King, who played the character "Evilene", called, "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News."

 

As you listen to the song, a few lines from the song reminds us that avoiding bad news really prohibits us from improving. 

"If you're gonna bring me something
Bring me, something I can use
But don't you bring me no bad news"

Actually, in any thing thing that we do, we want to know both the good and bad.  If you are a person that is focused on improvement then "bad news" can actually be "good news".  This is especially important if you are in a leadership role.  Sometimes, as leaders, we tend solicit feedback internally, based on what we feel about a situation, or what our instincts gauge from a situation, and not externally, from our team.  This is dangerous because most often, those in the best position to judge our leadership skills, offer constructive criticism and suggestions,  are the members of our team. 

President-Elect Barack Obama recently said in a interview, "I think it's important not to live in the bubble, so you've got to be open to outside information, particularly criticism," he told CNBC on Wednesday. "I'll tell you, I very rarely read good press. I often read bad press, not because I agree with it, but because I want to get a sense of, 'Are there areas where I'm falling short and I can do better?'"

So, as you can see, even the President is focused on getting better.  If our highest executive can learn from his mistakes to help lead our country more effectively, then certainly we can as well. 

Of course though there are naysayers and such that would rather live life without having to face the bad and for those I offer the full song as sung by Evilene.  But fo the rest of us, let's commit ourselves to improvement and listen to the song in amusement and enjoy the wonderful performance by the late Mabel King.

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Alonzo A. Heath

I am  a writer and I live in Ohio.  I have authored the content of LonnieHeath.Com for over ten years.   I am  also a regular contributor to Success Central and Successfully Selling.   You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.  Check out my new book, "Seven Days in June" on amazon.com.

 

 

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