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8 Ways to Choose Wide over Narrow

8 Ways to Choose Wide over Narrow | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Typical business wisdom says, narrow your focus. Successful organizations do a few things very well. Less is more, but not always. 4 perils of narrow: Shuts down rather than turns on. Closes off ra...
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Is It Time to Stop Saying Thank You

Is It Time to Stop Saying Thank You | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Gratitude, honor, and recognition are so much deeper and more powerful than just saying thanks. It's true that a heartfelt thank you can make someone’s day, it’s a small thing that makes a big diff...
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What Matters Now

What Matters Now | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
A million small things call you away from what matters now. We sell ourselves to the "devil of busyness" because it’s easier than doing what matters now.  Busyness is an excuse to avoid what matter...
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What Keeps Employees Motivated?

What Keeps Employees Motivated? | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
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Recognition, coaching and communication and did I say recognition ....thank and tell people they are doing a good job every chance you get. Its money in the bank of relationships and engagement.

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12 Ways to Get Serious about Fun

12 Ways to Get Serious about Fun | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
The law of the sad face says the more important leaders are the less they smile. You can’t milk fun out of self-important, problem-centric leaders. Fun seems frivolous when issues are important, op...
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10 Invitations to Transformation

10 Invitations to Transformation | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Ask people to talk about what they’re good at and their eyes light up. For some, the topic of their strength is so awkward that it takes them time to get their bearings. Eventually, everyone smiles...
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Why Poor Performers Don't Get It

Why Poor Performers Don't Get It | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
The unskilled often feel they’re doing better than they are. Poor performers, who lack skill, don’t realize their performance is poor. They think they’re fine. You think they’re failing. Poor perfo...
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"Skill enables perception"… 

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How to Prevent Unnecessary Conflict

How to Prevent Unnecessary Conflict | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
The worst fight is the one that’s unnecessary. People collide over small issues and completely miss the big stuff. Agree on deeper purpose before solving surface problems. Every problem you repeate...
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John Maxwell on the Three Phases of His Journey Pt. 1

John Maxwell on the Three Phases of His Journey Pt. 1 | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
John Maxwell told me there have been three phases to his leadership journey. The first is having followers. Follower phase: A leader without followers is delusional. 5 top ways to earn followers: H...
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Women Make Better Leaders Than Men

Women Make Better Leaders Than Men | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
“… women are rated higher in fully 12 of the 16 competencies that go into outstanding leadership. And two of the traits where women outscored men to the highest degree — taking initiative and driving for results — have long been thought of as particularly male strengths.”
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“… women are rated higher in fully 12 of the 16 competencies that go into outstanding leadership. And two of the traits where women outscored men to the highest degree — taking initiative and driving for results — have long been thought of as particularly male strengths.” HBR

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12 Powerful Ways to Make People Feel Powerful

12 Powerful Ways to Make People Feel Powerful | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Lousy leaders feel powerful by making others feel powerless. You can’t grasp power and give it at the same time. Leaders who fear losing power are afraid to make others feel powerful. 3 things powe...
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12 Ways to End Fear and Inspire Boldness

12 Ways to End Fear and Inspire Boldness | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
You just walked out of your boss’s office and you feel small and anxious. You work for a small boss. Small, fearful leaders make others feel small and afraid.   You’re smaller than the person ...
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How to Change Lives with Two Words

How to Change Lives with Two Words | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Tell people they’re inadequate long enough and they’ll believe it. Undermine their confidence with constant correction, tweaking, and complaints and they'll pull back. Fill people with confidence a...
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Fill people with confidence and they'll act with boldness.

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10 Ways to Grow into Challenges

10 Ways to Grow into Challenges | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Certainty is a symptom of ignorance. You’re never fully up to real challenges. If you feel prepared for the challenge, it’s really just business as usual. The top 12 leadership challenges: Dealing ...
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Creativity, Corporatism, and Crowds

Creativity, Corporatism, and Crowds | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Ultimately, economic progress depends not on saving and the accumulation of capital, but on creativity. That is why fear of “secular stagnation” in today’s advanced economies has many wondering how creativity can be spurred.
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Avoid 4 Dangers of Impatience - Still Get Things Done

Avoid 4 Dangers of Impatience - Still Get Things Done | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Show me a leader with patience and I’ll show you someone people trust. Dealing with people requires patience. They’re putting up with you all the time. 4 dangers of impatience: Fractured relationsh...
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How Questions Hinder Connection

How Questions Hinder Connection | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Questions demonstrate interest and make people feel they matter. Questions show respect, but reflection enables connection. 7 questions to evaluate your listening: What do you enjoy about listening...
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The Real Truth About Authority, Power, and Position

The Real Truth About Authority, Power, and Position | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
You don’t need authority, power, or position to lead. Sometimes they get in the way. Leading is serving, nothing more, nothing else, nothing less. Become a leader by serving. The trappings of leade...
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13 Things You Don’t Need to Lead

13 Things You Don’t Need to Lead | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Pressure based on unrealistic expectation; frustrates, defeats, even crushes. Self-imposed pressure drains joy, prevents progress, and invites leaders to become isolated and self-protective. Leader...
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How Positive Thinking Really Works

How Positive Thinking Really Works | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
I start feeling negative when I hear, “Stop thinking negative thoughts.” Positive thinking is important. Successful leaders are optimistic about success. But, positive thinking that results in fant...
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Your Data or Your Life

Your Data or Your Life | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Today's amalgamation and synthesis of digital services and hardware is designed to make our lives easier, and there is no doubt that it has. But have we stopped asking fundamental questions, both of ourselves and of the companies we entrust to do all of these things?
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"..Privacy is only one part of a larger discussion around data ownership and data monopoly, security, and competition. It is also about control and destiny. It is about choice and proactively deciding how people’s data are used and how people use their own data…"

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Courage to Take a Different Path

Courage to Take a Different Path | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
The most frightening thing in life is reaching for what lies deepest in your heart. You won’t get there alone. Mentors ignite courage and fuel progress. This post is based on my conversation with L...
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The Power and Freedom of Focus

The Power and Freedom of Focus | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Life without focus is thin. Unfocused leaders drive everyone crazy including themselves. Chasing shiny objects frees at first, but loses it’s luster with the passage of time. Exhaustion and frustra...
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The Top 4 Qualities of Great Mentors

The Top 4 Qualities of Great Mentors | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Mentoring ignites boldness by answering doubt with relational learning.  4 qualities of great mentors: #1. Humility: The guide isn’t the star of the show. Fight the urge toward self-importance.  Fe...
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Everything You Need to Know About Time Management

Everything You Need to Know About Time Management | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about time management is captured in three words. Eliminate - stop unnecessary or low priority tasks. Prioritize. Delegate - put stuff on someone else’s plate. Accelerat...
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