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What 10 things should you do every day to improve your life?

What 10 things should you do every day to improve your life? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
1) Get out in nature: You probably seriously underestimate how important this is. (Actually, there's research that says you do.) Being in nature reduces stress, makes you more creative, impr...
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A nice list of things to include in your every day schedule.  I would add a few more....but it is a great place to start.

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Serving and Leadership on Facebook!

Serving and Leadership on Facebook! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Articles and Ideas relating to leadership, serving, and culture.
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I have established a companion page to this curation effort on Facebook.  Could you drop by today and 'like' the page?  

The plans include a new blog debuting in 2015.

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Cruise Line Class's comment, August 15, 2013 7:49 AM
Thank you ....just liked the page Don. Love the elephants :)
Joe Boutte's comment, April 5, 2014 7:40 AM
Great page and thank you for creating it!
Marc Wachtfogel, PhD's curator insight, August 5, 2:48 PM

I have established a companion page to this curation effort on Facebook.  Could you drop by today and 'like' the page?  

The plans include a new blog debuting in 2015.

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6 Ways For Leaders To Make Their Messages Resonate

6 Ways For Leaders To Make Their Messages Resonate | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
When you're truly invested in your message, you don't have to shout.

Via Bobby Dillard
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(From the article): To increase your chances of resonating, ask, "Is this the appropriate time to deliver this idea? Is there anything already being discussed that I can connect my own idea to in order to give it context?"


Your voice is your single greatest possession as a leader. It's what allows you to mobilize and direct your team, and ultimately it's how you build a body of work you can be proud of. If your work matters to you, make the effort to cultivate a voice that resonates, and you’ll find your influence multiplying in ways you never expected.

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Are you balancing the long term and short term?

Are you balancing the long term and short term? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Most teams and companies do a poor job balancing the short term and long term focus. I see this without exception in most sectors and regions.

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(From the article): The whole point of having a vision and strategy is to provide teams with a framework and context for thinking about the longer-term future of their business. A good strategy for the future should make people comfortable about setting priorities, as well as making choices, decisions, and tradeoffs in the short-term.


An effective strategy also provides teams and leaders with the courage and confidence to invest in a desirable future that they have outlined and articulated in advance, even when, perhaps especially whenthey have some turbulence and inconsistencies in their short-term performance.

 

However, it seems that even teams and companies who have a sound strategy have a tough time trusting it, relying on it, and using it to empower themselves to better juggle their long-term and short-term initiatives.

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Why Compassion Is Key To Succeeding At Leadership

Why Compassion Is Key To Succeeding At Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Discover why compassion is the key to succeeding at leadership and how each of us already has the tools to put this into action.
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(From the article): So if we are to be as successful as those leaders we all admire and respect, we need to do more than simply follow their strategies and ideas. We need to bring compassion to the way we lead so we can create a sense of belonging, connectedness and meaning for those under our care.

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How to Respond to Negative Feedback in (Almost) Any Possible Scenario

How to Respond to Negative Feedback in (Almost) Any Possible Scenario | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How to Respond to Negative Feedback at Work - The Muse: It is possible to respond to negative feedback ...
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While respond constructive criticism may never be easy, these replies will make it much simpler.

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Developing The CEO Within You.

Developing The CEO Within You. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Making your way up the ladder, dodging bullets, using every last bit of your intellect and motivation to deftly ingratiate yourself with key decision-makers.
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What can you do to develop the CEO that is within you? 

 

(From the article): EQ – Emotional Quotient (or Emotional Intelligence) - This is where most C-Level executives fail. What got them to this position (IQ) is now failing them. For some positions (CFO, CIO), all their hard work to make it to the table is now useless when they need to use skills other than IQ:

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Get People to Listen to You When You’re Not Seen as an Expert

Get People to Listen to You When You’re Not Seen as an Expert | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How to build your reputation.

Via Barb Jemmott
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(From the article): Finally, the best antidote if you’re lacking an expert reputation now is to start creating one ASAP. Creating original contentis the single most effective way to develop an expert reputation. Though the best channel will vary (photographers and chefs should double down on Instagram, while it’s less helpful for attorneys and insurance brokers), blogging is a good betfor most professionals. In just an hour or two a week, you can begin to demonstrate how you think about the issues facing your field and sharing your unique point of view. Your content creation sparks a virtuous circle: because reporters looking for comment almost always start their articles with an online search, if your name keeps coming up as someone writing about the issues, they’re likely to contact you, reinforcing your expert reputation with third-party validation.

 

If you’re not yet considered an expert, it’s harder to get your ideas noticed — but not impossible. With these strategies, you can begin to overcome others’ resistance and make sure your voice is heard.

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One of the most powerful forms of influence, according to psychologist Robert Cialdini's famous analysis, is authority - often derived by perceived expertise. When you don't have outstanding credentials, how do you stand out? 

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Research: Technology Is Only Making Social Skills More Important

Research: Technology Is Only Making Social Skills More Important | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

A new NBER working paper suggests it’ll be those that require strong social skills — which it defines as the ability to work with others — something that has proven to be much more difficult to automate. 

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“The days of being able to plug away in isolation on a quantitative problem and be paid well for it are increasingly over,” Deming told me. “You need of have both types of skills.”

 

(From the article): The call for social skills, “soft” skills, emotional intelligence, and the like, isn’t something new. Employers are constantly stressing the need for workers who can collaborate and communicate on teams. Meanwhile, the evidence on how automation effects employment remains inconclusive. (Other studies have posited that robots might be improving productivity, rather than costing jobs.) But while it might be too soon to start bracing for a dystopian no-jobs future, it’s not too early to think about whether people are learning the right skills they’ll need to succeed in tomorrow’s workforce.

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Setting goals? Keep them to yourself

Setting goals? Keep them to yourself | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

It's probably a good time to check back in with some of your personal or professional goals, remember? Those things you promised yourself you'd use to get you to that next step in your personal, professional or business life.

 

You probably went so far as creating smart goals, making sure you took care of each step in the SMART goal process. This Derek Sivers TedTalk suggests you should keep those goals to yourself.

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Maybe it's time to keep those goals to yourself.

 

(From the article): As Derek says, "When you think of your biggest personal goals, you decide you're going to do it, tell people what you're going to do and then you accept their congratulations. Doesn't it feel good to say it out loud?" Well, maybe, the next time you feel like this you should just keep it to yourself and remember to "keep those goals to yourself!"

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7 Traits of Exceptional Leaders

7 Traits of Exceptional Leaders | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Successful leadership is half knowing where you are going and half knowing if you're making any progress in that direction.
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(From the article): Be present and show gratitude.

I remember when, as a leader, I rarely took the time to celebrate the organization's accomplishments. Because every moment was filled with business, I never took the time to really be present. Love your business, love your work, be mindful of your accomplishments and live in the moment. It only comes once.

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11 Tips to De-Stress Your Life

11 Tips to De-Stress Your Life | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Stress is an insidious health risk mostly caused by trying to control events and people that we can't.
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(From the article): Besides making you happier, lowering your stress level has proven medical benefits. So, grab your favorite book, pucker up, be grateful for what you have, and stop over scheduling yourself. Taking just a few of these steps will lead to a happier, healthier you.

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Ivan Ang's curator insight, August 23, 6:09 PM

If you are stressed as a leader, it will show before you know. And guess what? Your team and people around you will pick it up too. What are you doing to address it?

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Leaders Should Be (More) Human Too: In Praise of Touchy-Feely

Leaders Should Be (More) Human Too: In Praise of Touchy-Feely | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Leaders should not fear the label of "touchy-feely"; being more human is just good business, because it builds something very important to long-term success
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(From the article): Autocrats can’t be wrong. They can’t be embarrassed.  They can’t ask dumb questions.    That’s a lot of pressure!  I have to say it felt very good to be relieved of that burden when I made my choice.


It’s that “freedom to be human” that will set you apart  – and earn you a loyal and enthusiastic team that will follow you to the top of any mountain, no matter how high.

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Leadership Strength: 6 Reasons Leaders Are Harsh vs. Strong

Leadership Strength: 6 Reasons Leaders Are Harsh vs. Strong | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Leaders, How well do you show leadership strength w/o being harsh? Don't get stuck in the myths of toughness. 

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(From the article): Develop your leadership strength through emotional intelligence. It highlights how well you lead in diverse situations. Harshness and coarseness rarely apply. Emotional intelligence, insight, and inner strength universally apply. 

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SENAME Interactive's curator insight, August 21, 12:13 AM

Emotional intelligence helps for leaders! Do you use the power of emotional intelligence?

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How to Ask Intelligent Questions With Impact

How to Ask Intelligent Questions With Impact | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

How would you like a magic way to influence people to do whatever you want them to do?


This technique uses win-win psychology. It gives you the power to arrange events to your satisfaction. It puts almost any resource or person at your service to help you get whatever you want. It gets you the helpful counsel of leaders 

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How do you ask good questions as a leader?  This article helps to identify the kinds of questions that leaders need to master and ask!


(From the article): The most common mistake in asking questions is to ask a closed question when you actually want the other person to expound. For example, “ Will you tell me about your vacation?” This is technically a closed question, designed for a yes or no answer. Fortunately, in our culture, most people will give you a polite answer even when you ask the wrong type of question.


Asking the correct type and style of question makes it easier for the people around you to provide the appropriate answer. When you ask wise questions, others will applaud your insight and your understanding, even when they are doing most of the talking. Sincere questions are a great conversation starter. Good questions are good for everyone involved.

 

 

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To Become a Leader, Think Beyond Your Role

To Become a Leader, Think Beyond Your Role | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Is there a time to think like an owner? Owners consider the broader needs of the business.

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(From the article): The point is that the process of searching for conviction can be very challenging. The contextual factors and considerations are changing all the time; competitors take significant actions; products get commoditized, and so on. In addition, different people looking at the same situation may come to different points of view about what should be done. To cope with all these factors, leaders need to perform analysis, seek advice and input from others, debate alternatives, and generally ruminate. Much of the time, this process may feel like a grind.

 

While you’re going through this grind, you don’t always need to know exactly what to do; you don’t always need to have the answers. However, as a leader, you do need to be constantly striving to get to a level of conviction on key issues. How do you do this? You and your team need to focus your efforts on taking the necessary steps that will help get you to a sound judgment.

With practice, you will learn to understand yourself better and increasingly learn what conviction feels like. As you search for it, you will get better at gearing your efforts to work in a way that will help you get to that feeling. Leaders don’t look for excuses for why they can’t act like an owner. Instead, they embrace the challenge of ownership and encourage their teams to do the same.

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How Making Time for Books Made Me Feel Less Busy

How Making Time for Books Made Me Feel Less Busy | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
An age-old answer to information overload.
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I found this article to be very helpful. I need to implement some of these strategies in my life.

 

(From the article): We are still learning how to live in this information ecosystem, and how to build the ecosystem for humans rather than for the information. We will get better at it—as humans, and as builders of technology. And in the mean time, reading books again will help.

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Is Overwork Killing You?

Is Overwork Killing You? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
While organizations wage wars for talent, it seems talent is at war with itself.
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(From the article): Things will only change when we stop treating passionate overwork as a marker of talent, and companies with extreme work cultures as the main suppliers of it. Until then, we’ll keep hoping that work gives us Stendhal syndrome, and end up suffering the Stockholm one instead.

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3 Situations Where Leaders Should Keep Their Mouths Shut

3 Situations Where Leaders Should Keep Their Mouths Shut | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The toughest part of leadership is learning when to speak up, and when you to delegate to someone else.
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There is a time to speak. And there is a time to be silent. Here are three great suggestions of when you need to keep your mouth shut.

 

 

(From the article): If you don't know the answer to a question, don't pretend like you do. This has been one of the toughest things for me to remember in my own startup. Sometimes, the right answer is saying you don't know and delegating to another team member. In a startup, these instances should be happening all the time to you.

 

This is why investors look at the team so closely before investing. When you are lost, do you have the resources on your team to help you get to the right answer? If the answer is no, you need to identify the missing person to get you the right answer. But if you always try to answer everything yourself, you'll might not be able to even figure out what the problem is.

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Is Your Workplace Motivating for Employees?

Is Your Workplace Motivating for Employees? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Want to know more about motivation in the workplace? You can create a work environment that will inspire motivation in employees. Find out more.

Via Anne Leong, Kevin Watson
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(From the article): Every person is motivated. Whether motivation comes from people and activities you love such as your spouse, children, hobbies, cooking, philanthropy, or work, you experience motivation. Employee motivation at work is situational. Motivation depends upon the needs and wants that are intrinsic to the employee and the employee’s expectations and needs from work.

 

The interaction of the employee's needs and wants with their company's values,employment practices, expectations of the employee, quality of leadership and supervision, and more, influences and creates motivation in your workplace - or not. Readers have shared what contributes to or destroys their motivation at work.

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Study The Top Leader's Style Before Signing On

Study The Top Leader's Style Before Signing On | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

If you’re interested in gaining insights into how things work in a prospective employer, look to the style, values and priorities of a firm’s top leader.

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(From the article): The firm always reflects the leader(s). They establish the cadence and their styles define the environment during their tenure. Strive to understand what makes a firm’s senior leader tick and you’ll have great insight into what life is like this firm. Choose carefully, because a mismatch between your values and style preferences and those of the leader you go to work for is almost always a formula for trouble.

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30 Ways To Stay Creative (Infographic)

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Here is a list of 30 ways to stay creative! What do you do to stay creative?


Via Peter Verschuere
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 Creative ideas often come to you when you are least expecting.  Don’t stress yourself out, remember, everyone is creative – different people just have different kinds of creativity and processes.

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5 Ways to Handle a High Pressure Meeting

5 Ways to Handle a High Pressure Meeting | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The simplest meeting can turn into a high-pressure situation. A few simple techniques can help you keep control and moving towards a successful resolution.
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(From the article): Master these methods to give you more control in your meetings, especially when the stakes are high.

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I would add "Learn to Read the Room" and recognize the audience needs and challenges before speaking...look for the guy who will give you the most trouble and win him over first.  Otherwise nice read and if you master these other items, you'll have more control in your meetings, especially when the stakes are high. 

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Is Something Lost When We Use Mindfulness as a Productivity Tool?

Is Something Lost When We Use Mindfulness as a Productivity Tool? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Meditation is not a shortcut.
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(From the article): Looking at mindfulness as a tool for accomplishing what we need to get done keeps us trapped in a future-oriented mindset, rather than encouraging us to dilate the present moment. Of course, this doesn’t invalidate the neuroscience; mindfulness makes us get more stuff done. But what about allowing mindfulness to just be? To have the effects it is going to have, without attaching a marketing pitch to this ancient practice?

 

Psychologist Kristin Neff is renowned for coining the term “self-compassion.” In particular, Neff has asserted that the first component of self-compassion is kindness, the ability to shrug off those times when we “let ourselves down,” when we don’t get to check off everything from our to do lists. The other two components are awareness and, lastly, mindfulness. The goal is not to get more done, but to understand that we are enough, and that our worth is not contingent on what we get done. (Although funnily enough, studies have shown that self-forgiveness helps us procrastinate less.)

 

I’m not an idealist. I’m not saying everyone should start “Om-ing,” devoting themselves solely to self-compassion, and forgetting their to do lists. But I am saying that compassion, and self-compassion, ought to more in the foreground as we talk about mindfulness — even in corporate mindfulness programs.

 

There is no shame in wanting to be productive at work. But there is also no shame in being able to cut yourself some slack, to extend yourself some love during those times at work when things don’t feel so great.

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Work Hard, Live Well — Life Learning

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Amazon isn’t the only company burning out their employees with unsustainable expectations. Let’s break the cycle.
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A thoughtful exploration of work/life balance. Rest Matters.

 

(From the article): The research is clear: beyond ~40–50 hours per week, the marginal returns from additional work decrease rapidly and quickly become negative. We have also demonstrated that though you can get more output for a few weeks during “crunch time” you still ultimately pay for it later when people inevitably need to recover. If you try to sustain crunch time for longer than that, you are merely creating the illusion of increased velocity. This is true at multiple levels of abstraction: the hours worked per week, the number of consecutive minutes of focus vs. rest time in a given session, and the amount of vacation days you take in a year.


Rest matters.

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Forgiveness: It's Good For You

Forgiveness: It's Good For You | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Seeking retaliation, rather than forgiveness, traps you in the anger. The truth is, studies have found that forgiving is good for the body and the soul.
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Forgiveness is essential for any leader and manager. 

 

(From the article): There are several benefits to forgiveness. From a moral imperative, turning your cheek is the right thing to do. Period. Furthermore, it’s a lot healthier and takes a lot less energy to forgive someone than to hold a grudge and remain angry. The fact is, when you’re consumed by bitterness, resentment, and vengeance, you can get swallowed up by your anger. As Lewis B. Smedes, the renowned theologian, said, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”


Forgiveness does not mean suppressing your feelings or pretending the anger doesn’t exist. Instead, forgiveness requires a conscious decision to release your resentment and thoughts of revenge. It also calls on you to acknowledge and practice the full range of emotions that you possess, such as grief and anger as well as kindness and compassion — even toward someone who has hurt you deeply.

 

That’s tough, you say? It’s important to remind yourself that one of the main reasons to show forgiveness is to benefit yourself. Hate is a cancer on one’s soul. It can cause you to feel helpless and frustrated and trap you in a never-ending cycle of anger and resentment. And although you may have every reason to be bitter, you will be compounding the problem by keeping the issue alive. Think of it this way: While they hurt you once, now you’re doing it to yourself.

 

The truth is, forgiveness reduces the offender’s grip on you and helps you focus on other, positive areas of your life. So follow the wisdom of Robert Brault, the author, who said, “If you can’t forgive and forget, pick one.”

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5 Ways to Lead Larger

5 Ways to Lead Larger | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If you aspire to be a bigger, better and bolder leader, here five ideas on how to enlarge your leadership abilities and impact.
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(From the article): If you’re not having fun in your leadership journey, those around you probably aren’t either. There are always challenges and difficulties–and dealing with them is a big part of what leadership is about–but focusing on your strengths, opportunities and the people who matter will keep you grounded and prevent you from burning out.

 

Living large isn’t just about wealth and affluence, but attitude and orientation. When you live large, enjoying the people, opportunities and activities around you, you lead larger, too.

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