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'Comfort is a Formidable Enemy' - 7 Obstacles Keeping You From Change

'Comfort is a Formidable Enemy' - 7 Obstacles Keeping You From Change | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
Learning isn't done through memorization or new knowledge--it's in your actions every day. Here's how you might be standing in your own way.

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Any type of change requires pushing comfort zones. 

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John Michel's curator insight, February 6, 6:10 PM

Transformation requires another level--a capacity to act--but obstacles will get in the way. The good news is you can maneuver around them.

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5 Steps Toward Building Influence as a Great Thought Leader

5 Steps Toward Building Influence as a Great Thought Leader | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
Ready to share insights on a topic you're well versed in? You may fortify your company's reputation as well as your personal brand.

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Marc Rougier's curator insight, August 29, 1:51 PM

"Sharing insight on a topic you're well versed in"... This is so fundamental to being a Thought Leader.


Shana Starr lists five steps. I subscribe to all of them.


I'd add content curation to them: finding, acknowledging and sharing great content created by others also contributes to demonstrating your expertise and willingness to share; a legit and effective addition to writing; a necessary skill of Thought Leaders.


1. Clarify your purpose

2. Identify your voice

3. Write

4. Build an active online presence

5. Be a mentor.


Great post, wise advices.

Change Impetus's curator insight, September 1, 12:34 PM

Excellent way to build new relationships and find new opportunities. Finding like-minded co-founders and potential investors or mentors is harder without a strategy.

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What Successful Leaders Do in Challenging Times

Given the same set of circumstances some people create team success and others fail. Great leaders know how to turn tough times into big wins. Here's how they do it.

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Don Dea's curator insight, August 17, 11:07 PM

1. Temptation: To spread your sense of urgency and panic.

When a state of panic sets in, reactive leaders will ramp up the energy and stress. Some problems do need to be solved IMMEDIATELY. But if the boss is frantic and emotional, everyone else will be too, and efficiency will diminish.

What great leaders do instead: Learn to break the news calmly, while making the seriousness of the situation clear. Take a breath and carefully assess the situation so you can work with the team to clearly set the appropriate priorities. Then you can be effective and efficient internally as you deal with the outer chaos.

2. Temptation: To lay blame.

When something goes awry, people naturally start to ask, "Who did this? Whose fault is it?" It is good to know the root of the problem, but this often descends into counterproductive finger pointing. While everyone is focused on avoiding the burden of guilt, the situation may be going from bad to worse. A leader who allows or participates in the blame game ends up with a diminished team full of distrust.

What great leaders do instead: Help the team focus on moving forward. Ask "What do we need to do to recover quickly?" and then get the team working together to make those things happen. A team will be more successful by creating heroes who inspire others to step up.

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3 Valuable Insights Leaders Can Learn From Neuroscience

3 Valuable Insights Leaders Can Learn From Neuroscience | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
Learn about 3 key findings from neuroscience field on how leaders can create high performance culture in their organization.

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The mind is powerful so use it to your advantage when shifting culture.

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10 Must-Ask Questions To Supercharge Your Leadership

10 Must-Ask Questions To Supercharge Your Leadership | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
We are in the employee feedback business. Answers become conversations about what is most essential and meaningful for the team and the company.

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The best ideas can come from those around you......just ask.

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Leadership and Courage

Leadership and Courage | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
Courage has many faces. It doesn’t always show up complete with epaulets and a shiny sword yelling “Charge!!” In fact, I would suggest it more often demands a much subtler approach. Either way, cou...

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“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. “ ~ Ambrose Redmoon

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Don Dea's curator insight, July 7, 11:50 PM

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. “ ~ Ambrose Redmoon

Good leadership is about focusing on what’s really important among other things. Sometimes that means having the courage to relentlessly pursue truth, even at the cost of personal pride, in service of building something everyone can be proud of.

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Leadership Is About to Get More Uncomfortable

Leadership Is About to Get More Uncomfortable | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
Transparency and complexity make the boss's chair increasingly painful to sit in.

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The Hidden Innovation Barriers: Company Culture and your Brain

The Hidden Innovation Barriers: Company Culture and your Brain | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it

When you ask executives what they want beyond short profit and revenue growth they’ll likely say ‘more innovation’. Why? Because they face unprecedented business challenges.

 

Why is it so difficult even for successful companies to become more innovative? Although they are already innovative – to a certain extent? Because there are two major hurdles to becoming more innovative – at the individual, personal level and at the organizational, company level.

 


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Chris Shern's curator insight, June 2, 4:18 AM

Culture eats strategy for breakfast! Strong leadership is and absolute prerequisite to create an innovative culture. Managers till quickly be exposed and have not place in a truly innovative organisation.

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How Successful People Cure Their Blindspots

Do you know what your leadership blindspots are? It’s a trick question because, by definition, blindspots are areas where you lack awareness of your weakness. Many coaches casually refer to them as “derailers.” A leader continues to advance and climb the career ladder until an unknown weakness suddenly derails her career. Robert [...]

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It's always interesting to discover that something was in front of you all the time. 

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John Michel's curator insight, April 12, 7:07 AM

Are you aware of your leadership blind spots?  If not, his posts for you. 

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, April 15, 6:39 AM

Really enjoyed this article!

 

As an Executive Coach one of the greatest aha moments comes when b.lindspots are revealed.  Leaders will say things like "this is the first time I have ever heard this, or I have never been told this by anyone else." 

 

We all have blindspots, and as soon as we uncover some old ones new ones will certainly surface.

 

Enjoy the article.

 

Until next time...PS - Live on Purpose!

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, April 21, 6:37 AM

In this article, Kevin Kruse summarize some of the blindspots describes by the Robert Bruce Shaw in his new book, Leadership Blindspots: How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses That Matter


As short extract, here are some of my favorites: 

  • Overestimating your strategic capability. This is often the blind spot of leaders who have strong operational backgrounds, but then get promoted into higher levels of the organization where their role is more strategic.
  • Valuing being right over being effective. This blind spot occurs when a leader thinks she already knows the correct answer or best course of action, and is therefore unwilling to spend additional time listening to others. She may even interrupt people, or call conversations to a conclusion. Her followers quickly learn that it’s a waste of time to raise contrary opinions and ideas.
  • Failing to balance the what with the how. This blind spot occurs when leaders focus only on the measurable results of the organization. In extreme situations this can lead their followers to short-term thinking, or worse, unethical behaviors.
  • Avoiding the tough conversations. Leaders who struggle with crucial conversations send mixed messages to individual reports, which leads to unresolved issues, and in turn can frustrate other high-performing members.
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Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success

Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards. When I first left my parents’ small farm at eighteen to move to “the city” [...]

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Be the leader who's willing to step outside your comfort zone and lead your team to step outside of their's. 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 28, 7:24 AM

Great scoop by Anne Leong via via @anne_leong.  As a work with a number of clients and continue my own journey through this process, I find the questions listed extremely helpful!


Again and again, we have to decide:

  • Do I keep doing what’s always been done, or challenge old assumptions ad try new approaches to problems?
  • Do I proactively seek new challenges or just manage those I already have?
  • Do I risk being exposed and vulnerable, or act to protect my pride and patch of power?  
  • Do I ask for what I really want, or just for what I think others want to give me?
  • Do I ‘toot my horn’ to ensure others know what I’m capable of, or just hope my efforts will be noticed?
  • Do I speak my mind or bite my lip, lest I ruffle feathers or subject myself to criticism?
Brian Kirby's curator insight, April 1, 11:07 AM

Wow, those questions were not exactly "fun" to answer (especially rapidly and honestly). However, I have always been told that "If your dreams don't scare you, then they aren't big enough". This is something that I have lived my life by for quite some time now, and it definitely appears to be more than true... "If you are always comfortable, then you are never growing." It's worth some discomfort/fear in order to grow and reach goals! Thoughts? How tempting is it to stay under the umbrella of comfort? Is it worth it?

Brian Kirby's curator insight, April 1, 11:08 AM

Wow, those questions were not exactly "fun" to answer (especially rapidly and honestly). However, I have always been told that "If your dreams don't scare you, then they aren't big enough". This is something that I have lived my life by for quite some time now, and it definitely appears to be more than true... "If you are always comfortable, then you are never growing." It's worth some discomfort/fear in order to grow and reach goals! Thoughts? How tempting is it to stay under the umbrella of comfort? Is it worth it?

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Change can no longer be controlled - you need to ride it!

Change can no longer be controlled - you need to ride it! | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
Many companies change management approach attempts to control change. But change can no longer be controlled - So what is the way forward - Torben Rick

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Eric_Determined / Eric Silverstein's curator insight, March 24, 12:43 AM

Torben Rick @Torbenrick shares a great #infographic highlighting 5 key trends.


What are your thoughts?


Where do you see the greatest opportunity or challenge for your business?

Efficienarta's curator insight, March 24, 4:30 AM

My strong sense is that enterprises need to change continuously to improve current products and raise their agility to sense and respond to new opportunities - really get continuous changing their DNA. I have recently published a short book with these two theme plus managing stakeholders. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Strattomics-practical-business-strategies-tactics/dp/1495243818/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395395069&sr=1-1&keywords=Strattomics

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Revealing The Secret To Successful Leadership

Revealing The Secret To Successful Leadership | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
Learn about the one thing successful leaders do that more of us need to do in leading our teams and organizations.

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Two of my favorites:  it takes more than just 'showing up' ....and use failure as an opportunity to learn.

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leaders show up. I Ike this
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Why Highly Successful People Want To Make Mistakes

Why Highly Successful People Want To Make Mistakes | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
Here's a look at how some successful people view failure and why they seek it out.

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Interesting and valuable insight to help you shift perspective on failing. #failforward

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Don Dea's curator insight, March 12, 12:04 AM
The science of failure: We can’t admit we’re wrong.

It always helps to add some context about the subconscious biases we have in our heads before exploring a topic, I think. I looked into some of the research on success and failure, and how we react to them to see what I could learn. These are three of the most interesting points I discovered (they are all, of course, subconscious – so we do them all the time without realizing):

We don’t take credit for our failures.

We tend to take credit for our successes, attributing them to internal factors such as how much effort we put in, the skills we have or our past experience. Failure, on the other hand, is something we don’t like to admit to. Research has show that we are more likely to blame failure on external factors like luck or the difficulty of the task.

Failure makes us less generous.

After succeeding at a task, the positive reinforcement makes us more likely to be more generous and helpful to others. If we fail at a task first, however, we’re less likely to want to help others, and less generous with our time and money.

We literally can’t admit that we’re wrong.



Read more: http://blog.bufferapp.com/why-highly-successful-people-crave-failure-and-mistakes#ixzz2viZLCYIP

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5 Ways to Build Organizational Strength in Risk-Taking Arena

5 Ways to Build Organizational Strength in Risk-Taking Arena | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
Because business, technology, and economics have changed so drastically, today’s leaders and organizations need to provide for stability during times of chaos. They need to excel at the implementat...

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Don Dea's curator insight, March 7, 12:19 AM

What Got Us Here…

Won’t get us to tomorrow.
  • Our organizational and leadership practices need to change.
  • They don’t need massaged.
  • They don’t need tweaked.
  • They need to experience a shift as significant as the business world in which we operate has experienced.
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5 Common Reasons People Criticize Change - Ron Edmondson

5 Common Reasons People Criticize Change - Ron Edmondson | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
I’ve learned in leading change that there are some common objections. If you know a change is necessary, understanding why someone is objecting may help you respond accordingly. Here are 5 common reasons for criticism of change: Confused -These people just don’t understand the change. They lack information. Often they have heard misinformation. Many times, …

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5 Steps For Leading Through Adaptive Change

5 Steps For Leading Through Adaptive Change | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it

Leadership and management are two distinctly different but complimentary skill sets that all companies need. Leaders make sure the organization is doing the right things, while managers make sure they do those things right. Leadership is about coping with change while management is about coping with complex issues. Both are qualities that can be learned and both require constant focus on improvement. Especially when the organization is facing potential adaptive challenges.


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Josie Gibson's curator insight, August 12, 6:20 PM

Thanks to @LeadershipABC for highlighting this article.

Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, August 12, 11:25 PM

These five steps may seem very simple but they are often taken for granted. To give direction a leader must take ownership and have a vision. Managing conflict and providing protection are often not pleasant and require great maturity from leaders. Shaping the norms and clarifying roles is often not given a very high priority as it involves intangible people skills.

 

Read more scoops on change and leadership here: http://www.scoop.it/t/on-leaders-and-managers/?tag=Change

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Jay Roth's curator insight, August 17, 4:33 PM

Perfect article to suggest (in schools) WHY the trainings of Cognitive Coaching, Adaptive Schools, and Polarity Thinking is necessary!

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Leadership Lessons From A War Zone

Leadership Lessons From A War Zone | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it

U.S. Air Force Brigadier General John Michel knows about leadership in challenging environments.


This is an interesting article with fellow Scooper, @John Michel. I in particular like the idea of 'The Order of the Penguin' award that goes to the person who represents the principle of smart risk-taking.


You should also follow John on Twitter here: @JohnEMichel.


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Good Leaders Persuade, They Don't Manipulate

Manipulators are heard, but persuaders are believed because they are trusted, which results in a win-win.

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Well said!

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, July 10, 8:24 PM

It is far more powerful to influence than manipulate.

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Join the League of Extraordinary Bosses: 4 Habits to Cultivate

Join the League of Extraordinary Bosses: 4 Habits to Cultivate | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
The most effective managers value transparency, practice two-way communication, provide constructive feedback and go above and beyond to serve their employees.

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Michael Binzer's curator insight, July 5, 7:17 AM

I believe in this - transparency, openness, no hidden agendas and first and foremost to serve my COLLEAGUES.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, July 5, 9:22 AM

Bosses or managers who don't respect those rules are into power tripping. They don't last long in this ever changing business environment. If they do, they take the company down with them.

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Organizations don't change. People do - or they don't

Organizations don't change. People do - or they don't | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
One of the biggest change management mistakes is to expect that everyone's reaction will be like yours. Organizations don't change. People do - Torben Rick

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6 Ways Being Mindful Can Make You a Better Leader

6 Ways Being Mindful Can Make You a Better Leader | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
As Jon Kabat-Zinn puts it, mindfulness "wakes us up to the fact that our lives unfold only in moments." If we're not fully present for those moments, we may miss what's most valuable in our lives, both personally and professionally. Simply put, mindfulness is about not living in your head all the time and is about paying attention to where you are, what you're doing, or who you're talking to so that you are in touch with the right here, right now. Research shows that mindfulness reduces stress and increases concentration and clarity. Read on for five simple ways to practice mindfulness to improve your personal and professional life.

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Mindfulness "wakes us up to the fact that our lives unfold only in moments." If we're not fully present for many of those moments, we may miss what's most valuable in our lives, both personally and professionally. #leadership

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 1, 5:02 PM

The organizations listed are looking at monetary bottom lines. I am not opposed if they help people become better people and those people make the world a better place. We can begin the process in schools with children.

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Change Leader, Change Thyself

Change Leader, Change Thyself | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it

Organizational change is inseparable from individual change. Simply put, change efforts often falter because individuals overlook the need to make fundamental changes in themselves. Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward.



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An American Management Association study of Fortune 500 companies found that “…less than 50% of changes in their organizations were successful, and that employee resistance was the main reason for failures.”  This is why it's necessary to focus on the person.

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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, April 3, 10:33 AM

Self-awareness is a key component of leadership. 

Anne Landreat's curator insight, April 4, 1:26 AM
Organizations don’t change—people do
Susan Burnell's curator insight, April 4, 12:43 PM

Change starts with awareness. This article has excellent insights, along with an easy-to-understand chart from Erica Ariel Fox on leaders' power sources and "sweet spots."

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Successful Organizations Need Leaders At All Levels

Successful Organizations Need Leaders At All Levels | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
Anybody who has ever watched interviews with managers or coaches of professional sports teams will have heard plenty of discussion of the need for leaders throughout the team. The same thinking is also increasingly a preoccupation of business people. Indeed, the need for “leaders at all levels” is one of [...]

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“Senior executives should create a culture that broadens the opportunity for leaders to develop in new ways,” writes the Deloitte team. “This means putting potential leaders in positions that stretch them beyond their current skill sets, and continuously coaching and supporting leaders so they can build their capabilities as rapidly as possible.”

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John Michel's curator insight, March 25, 10:27 PM

According to a recent Deloitte study, “Today’s market environment places a premium on speed, flexibility and the ability to lead in uncertain situations. At the same time, the flattening of organizations has created an explosion in demand for leadership skills at every level.” The question for you is, how well are you doing in recruiting, training and retaining the right leaders?

Lauran Star's curator insight, March 26, 11:05 AM

Great article - Leadership starts at the bottom and only grows

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5 Characteristics of Leaders Who Excel Under Fire

5 Characteristics of Leaders Who Excel Under Fire | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
In April of 2010, the world watched in horror as millions of barrels of oil flowed into the Gulf. But, it wasn’t just the catastrophe and the potential e

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How do you respond under pressure? #leadership

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Leadership and Change - When Your Past Success Becomes An Obstacle

Leadership and Change - When Your Past Success Becomes An Obstacle | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
Building a culture that is comfortable with -- even aggressive about -- innovation, risk, and change, means that everyone needs to embrace the process of continuous learning, unlearning, and relearning that is the key to personal and organizational success.

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Asking the 5 questions will help you to see what you've done and guide the future.

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Seven Elements of Leadership Style - Jim Collins

Seven Elements of Leadership Style - Jim Collins | Change, Excellence & Leadership | Scoop.it
The elements of leadership style taught by Jim Collins deliver great value to aspiring leaders. These elements will enhance your leadership effectiveness.

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Seven elements to live a level 5 life!

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, March 9, 8:46 AM

If you're a good to great fan this is for you