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David Bradford: Influencing Up

David L. Bradford shares his top tips on how to influence your boss and overcome power gaps in his new book "Influencing Up." Bradford is the Eugene O'Kelly ...
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On the Horns of a Dilemma

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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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When it's Time to Adapt Rather than Persist

When it's Time to Adapt Rather than Persist | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
Persistence is one reason problems persist. More specifically, persisting in behaviors that don’t work, is one reason problems persist. Smart, motivated people, do this all the time. Persistence ha...
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12 Ways to Make the Most of Opportunities

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Everyone who says, "I wish I had more opportunities," doesn't understand opportunities. An opportunity is your chance to give before you get. An unmet need, for example, is an opportunity. The door...
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The Most Important Leadership Idea, Today

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A young leader asked, “What's the most important leadership idea?” He wants the down and dirty truth. The one thing. Honestly, my answer changes. This time I said, “Leadership is about understandin...
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How Confusion Gives Way to Clarity

How Confusion Gives Way to Clarity | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
I often receive emails that include things like, “Do you have any suggestions or advice?” Occasionally, I ask if they’d like to talk. These calls are part listening and advising, but mostly, they’r...
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4 Ways to Energize Through Coaching

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Telling-leaders drain and disengage. Coaching-leaders energize. Energize through coaching: #1. Assume others know: Others don’t know everything, but they know something. What do you know about this...
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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

One Key Practice that Develops Character | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
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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Seven Ways to Find Extra-Ordinary Connections

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Connect with an outstanding person who doesn’t need you to like them and doesn’t care if you do.
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15 Ways to Invite and Ignite Commitment

15 Ways to Invite and Ignite Commitment | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
The ability to inspire commitment is the ability to create the future.
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The Illusion of Desire

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Recurring gossip, blame, and complaining indicate you want things to change, but you haven't done anything about it. Wanting change increases frustration when old behaviors continue. Tell me what y...
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10 Ways to be a Mature Leader Even if  You’re Young

10 Ways to be a Mature Leader Even if  You’re Young | Leadership Primer | Scoop.it
I just got home from a conversation about maturity with some really smart college students. This post is inspired by our conversation. 10 expressions of immaturity: Don’t realize or don’t care that...
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Seven Steps to New Leadership

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You could be more. Can you live with that? Leaders don't. There’s hope if you’re unhappy. Contentment chokes growth. 7 Steps to New Leadership: #1. Distress fuels discontent and drives urgency. Eve...

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, June 19, 2015 8:33 AM

Love the phrase "Contentment chokes growth " Never settle is a part of "Off the Bench leading"