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The Surprising Path to the Future: Emotions in Leadership

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“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others,” Cicero.

The real problem with problems is they draw you into the past. Fixing problems is focusing on something that already happened. The power of leadership is creating something new not fixing something...

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7 Surprising Ways to Spot Talent

7 Surprising Ways to Spot Talent | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Success hinges on finding and leveraging talent. Root premise: Others determine your value. It doesn’t matter how talented you believe you are. Talent - like fruit - is for others, not the trees that produce it. What matters is how others benefit from what you bring to the table. Talent is irrelevant until it brings benefit to others. #1.…
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5 Ways Incompetent Leaders Dis-Empower Good People

5 Ways Incompetent Leaders Dis-Empower Good People | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Anxiety. Incompetent leaders use anxiety as motivation.
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How to Get the Best From the Worst

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Surprise at life's unfairness defeats us. You are who you are today, in large part, due to your responses to uncertainty, difficulty, and adversity. You spend too much time resisting and too little time listening to adversity. You can’t grow through what you resist. Self-inflicted: You play a role in the resistance you encounter from people. Expecting…
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10 Ways to Make People Feel Powerful

10 Ways to Make People Feel Powerful | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
You influence the way people feel about themselves. When you make people feel weak, they act in fear. When you make people feel powerful, they act with boldness. Boldness takes you further than fear. 3 ways to make people feel weak: Assume the worst. Express frustration with them. Ignore them. 10 ways to make people feel…
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How Distraction-Addicts Find Focus

How Distraction-Addicts Find Focus | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
If I’m not distracted, I’m looking for the next distraction. I’m addicted to distraction. It makes me feel important.  Distraction doesn’t make you important it makes you shallow. Meaningful leadership means letting go of meaningless activities. 10 Ways to Find Focus: Set the tone of your day when you wake up. Wake up early to…
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My personal view is that Lack of Focus as a result of Overflow of information, wish to succeed and multitask -  is the main problem nowadays. Our priority is to tackle it asap, as it leads to disappointment, dissatisfaction, unhappiness and on a long-term to  mental illness. 
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Unstructured Brainstorming is an Offense to Creativity

Unstructured Brainstorming is an Offense to Creativity | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Meetings that neglect results and don't impact behaviors are a colossal waste of time. Poorly run brainstorming sessions are the biggest waste of all. An invitation to an unstructured brainstorming meeting is an offense to creativity. The next time someone invites you to toss some ideas around, tell them you’re busy, unless three things are…
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The One Question Challenge

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Talk as much as you want as long as curiosity motivates your words
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Curiosity is the universal answer to aspiration, frustration, disappointment, and opportunity.

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One Key Practice that Develops Character

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Character is repetition. Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.” But, there’s more. “Character is destiny.” Heraclitus. You become what you repeatedly do. That’s hope and responsibility. Oc...
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7 Surprising Questions to Measure Your Leadership

7 Surprising Questions to Measure Your Leadership | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
You can’t know how you’re doing until you’re measured. Evaluation might feel uncomfortable, but the alternative is self-deception, lost potential, and mediocrity. 7 surprising questions to measure ...
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Only 15% of Top Performers are High Potentials

Only 15% of Top Performers are High Potentials | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Your ability to cultivate people determines your impact in the world. Surprisingly, only 15% of top performers* are likely to be high potentials (HiPo). Performance is easy to spot. But, if you wan...
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7 Surprising Secrets to Getting More Done

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The more you get done the further you go. But flopping around like a headless chicken isn’t the answer. 7 surprising secrets to getting more done: #1. Get boring. Develop predictable routines. It t...
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How to Focus on What Really Matters

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Book Giveaway: Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win one of twenty-five copies of, "The Disciplined Leader: Keeping the Focus on What Really Matters." What matters: When you end the day ...
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Mistakes transforming into Choices

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5 Questions to Re-Energize a De-Energized Team

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  High energy organization are led by skilled management teams. 5 questions to re-energized a de-energized team: #1. Where is the complexity*? Complexity is the result of taking the path of least resistance. Simplicity requires courage to press through discomfort. Address issues you’re avoiding if you desire simplicity. Things get more complex before they get…
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12 Don’ts of Tough Conversations

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Success includes not shooting yourself in the foot. 12 Don'ts of Tough Conversations: Don't use "we" when you mean "you". Never allow fuzzy language. Exercise candor and precision when fuzzy feels safe. Don't press through when emotion is high. Emotional stress limits creative solution-finding. Self-justification is inevitable. Don’t drag things out. Take a break for emotions…
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Become an Artist and Other Secrets to Success

Become an Artist and Other Secrets to Success | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Pain is the point where ordinary becomes extraordinary.

The way you process pain determines the quality of your life and leadership
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10 Practical Ways to Make Better Decisions

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Weak leaders silence dissent; wise invite it. Peter Drucker said, “If you have quick consensus on an important matter, don’t make the decision.” All important decisions are made better by constructive dissent. Leaders with authority and power are responsible to invite, explore, honor, and reward constructive dissent. 10 ways to make better decisions with constructive dissent:…
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The Question No One Asks Leaders

The Question No One Asks Leaders | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
It was a moment of authenticity that I’ll never forget. I was shocked when General Dempsey, retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, “The question I wish people would have asked me is, ‘How do you feel?’” (In the interview room at the World LEADERS Group.) A few months ago, a successful CIO…
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On the Horns of a Dilemma

On the Horns of a Dilemma | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
The first issue is finding a little clarity. The deeper issue is finding courage to act, after the light comes on. Sometimes one question flips the switch. Getting off horns: People don’t call when the answer is easy. Dilemmas are made of good options. When there’s one option, it’s a choice. When there’s multiple options, it’s a…
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The 7 Powers of Weakness

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Don’t wait until you have it "all together" to lead. Arrogant leaders parade strengths. Successful leaders understand the power of weaknesses.  You're untrustworthy and disqualified from leadership...
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The 7 Practices of Curious Leaders

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Lack of curiosity is deadly in changing times. Vision, courage, and energy, without curiosity, turn to exhaustion and irrelevance. Curiosity indicates potential. Leaders who ask questions go furthe...
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7 Ways to Defeat Complexity

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The simplest way to get something done is do it yourself. Don’t depend on anyone. But, that’s not leadership. New connections expand potential and increase complexity. The result of unchallenged co...
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10 Secrets to Changing Trajectory Today

10 Secrets to Changing Trajectory Today | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Sometimes you compare where you are with where you want to be and feel defeated. Other times, it feels like your feet are tangled in the sheets. When dreams are big, progress feels slow. The feelin...
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Finding Your Greatest Contribution

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The worst thing in life is recurring frustration that could be avoided. In life, everyone repeats until they learn. Your greatest contributions are the answers you find while navigating tough times...
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