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11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader

11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Being likeable will help you in your job, business, relationships, and life. I interviewed dozens of successful business leaders for my last book, to determine what made them so likeable and their companies so successful. All of the concepts are simple, and yet, perhaps in the name of revenues or the bottom line, we often lose sight of the simple things - things that not only make us human, but can actually help us become more successful. Below are the eleven most important principles to integrate to become a better leader:


Via Daniel Watson
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(From the article): The world is more complex than ever before, and yet what customers often respond to best is simplicity — in design, form, and function. Taking complex projects, challenges, and ideas and distilling them to their simplest components allows customers, staff, and other stakeholders to better understand and buy into your vision. We humans all crave simplicity, and so today's leader must be focused and deliver simplicity.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, February 14, 2013 11:36 PM


As a business owner or business manager, whether you like it or not, you are occupying a position that requires you to effectively lead others to achieve required outcomes.


Leadership based on key principles, has been demonstrated to be an effective approach to gaining the support of followers, and then getting those followers to do what they need to do, to achieve results.


This excellent article, suggests that developing likeability is the first step on the path to becoming a better leader, and it outlines 11 important principles for business owners and managers to integrate into their leadership practices to become better leaders.

Claudia Crescenzi's curator insight, February 15, 2013 5:51 AM

Concetti semplici...ma mai banali

Gilles FOURNIER's curator insight, February 16, 2013 4:58 PM

 cc'est est simple mais tellement vrai

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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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Anne Egros's comment, April 23, 2013 7:55 AM
Done it Don, thanks for sharing great content
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Thank you ....just liked the page Don. Love the elephants :)
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Great page and thank you for creating it!
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When Work Satisfaction Comes from Having 4 Jobs

When Work Satisfaction Comes from Having 4 Jobs | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
An unusual solution to find more meaning. If your job feels as though it’s draining you, try this: Do more. 
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(From the article): Harmonic careerists have a lot to teach us about the value of work. Most of think of our jobs as transactional: We work to make money or build a career. But these individuals remind us that sometimes the work is a worthwhile end in itself, regardless of remuneration. For them, money is often secondary to personal fulfillment. Once they’re happy with a new role, they put effort into maintaining it, even if there’s no significant financial benefit.

 

They also remind us that work can be a source of such joy that two jobs are sometimes better than one, three are better than two, and four are better than three. “My career is like a blender of fresh fruit,” one interviewee said, echoing the ebullience that we heard again and again, “because I do so many different things at the same time. Each has a distinct flavor but mixes well into a symphony of great taste.”

  

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Leadership Grows Stronger Each Day

Leadership Grows Stronger Each Day | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Each day we build strength in many ways and our leadership shadow grows.

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How are you building leadership muscle today?

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The Power Of A Verbal "Thank You"

The Power Of A Verbal "Thank You" | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Your words of recognition and appreciation delivered face-to-face with your employees will be compelling, effective, meaningful and memorable.

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Don't underestimate the power of a verbal "thank you" for a job well done!

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5 Ways Reading Makes You a Better Leader

5 Ways Reading Makes You a Better Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Readers are likely to be leaders. And with reading in decline, readers possess a comparative advantage in today’s business and political environments. How?

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We need to be "readers" if we intend to be "leaders". Hyatt's article addresses the need for leaders to be filling their mind with good content. I especially thought the point about reading helping us to think was helpful.

 

(From the article): Reading is one of the most efficient ways to acquire information, and leaders need a lot of general information to keep perspective and seize opportunities. But reading does more than give us a toolbox of ideas. It actually upgrades our analytical tools, especially our judgment and problem-solving abilities.


Research by Anne E. Cunningham compared the general knowledge of readers and television watchers. The readers not only knew more, but they were also better at deciphering misinformation. In other words, reading improved their judgment.

Correctly sizing up a situation—often with incomplete information and limited time—is critical for being an effective leader. I have strong natural intuition, but I’m convinced that my reading has sharpened my edge when it comes to judgment.

These improved analytic tools also help us see patterns and make connections between seemingly random information. We’re not only improving our judgment, we’re also boosting our problem-solving abilities.

 

I’m always surprised when I’m working on an issue and some out-of-left-field analogy comes to mind from something I’ve read that helps me put all the pieces together. Wesley Hill even recommends what he calls “irrelevant reading,” going outside your field to spark new thoughts and make fresh connections.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, May 4, 9:18 AM

Being a voracious reader that I am, hope its honing my leadership skills too:-)

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Self Promotion Is A Leadership Skill

Self Promotion Is A Leadership Skill | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It is important to see that self-promotion is a leadership skill. It is your responsibility to talk about what you and your team have achieved, not only for your own benefit, but also for the team and the company. It’s how to create influence. It’s how you sell your ideas across the organization. It’s the basis of building relationships with key stakeholders and gaining access to the power networks.
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Self-promotion is a leadership and political skill that is critical to master in order to navigate the realities of the workplace and position you for success.

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John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, April 30, 3:56 PM

If you get a chance to read her book or, better still, hear a podcast by Bonnie Marcus, take it! You will not be disappointed!

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Break your leaders’ bad habits in five steps

Break your leaders’ bad habits in five steps | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Stuck in a leadership rut? Melody Moore, consultant at Hay Group, shares how psychology and technology can help your leaders break bad habits

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We can all fall into leadership ruts and bad habits in our work. This article contains some thoughtful suggestions on how to break through. 

 

(From the article): Even the very best leadership development programs will only achieve measurable results if they alter day-to-day habits. This is difficult to do by relying solely on leaders to find the time to make the changes themselves or by putting the onus on HR to check in with leaders frequently to ensure they are making progress.  But combining psychology and technology can drive revolutionary new ways to develop better leaders, equipping them to work on changing their behaviours and improving their impact – any time, any place and over any device.

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Growing Yourself, Your Team, and Your Business

Growing Yourself, Your Team, and Your Business | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How to achieve personal, team, and business growth.
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(From the article): It could be that you are happy with where you are and see no need to change or grow. That’s okay—just remember that markets and businesses change and what worked in the past might not work in the future. If you want different results, you have to take different actions. Start by working with outsiders to help you see where you are stuck. Challenge and work with your team to raise the game for everyone. Get off site with your team once a quarter to look at the true facts of what is working and what is not, coming up with a 3-5 year vision, while staying on track to your one-year goals. Focusing on these three things will get you unstuck and on the path of high growth.

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Is Working Remotely Sapping Your Creativity?

Is Working Remotely Sapping Your Creativity? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Proponents of virtual work certainly make a great pitch: no traffic, no hassles, no shoes. And the trend is certainly taking hold. The number of people telecommuting rose 79% between 2005 and 2012. But while life without a commute or dress code sounds appealing, are we forfeiting our ability to be creative for a few superficial benefits?
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Are you a remote worker?  Do you think that working remotely actually decreases your ability to be creative?

 

(From the article): Thankfully, employers with distributed teams, as well as freelancers, are thinking more and more about how to combine the flexibility of virtual work with the face-to-face interaction of a more traditional office. The solution is increasingly to have virtual teams work out of co-working spaces and social office locations around the country, allowing workers to base themselves where they need to be based, but still have meaningful social interactions throughout the day. In one survey of people who worked in co-working locations, 92% reported an increase in the size of their social circle since joining, while 80% reported an increase in the size of their business network. And most of all, because they are moving around more, surrounded by and interacting with other people, they’ll likely find themselves happier, healthier, and more creative.

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11 Steps to Be Authentic & Not Scare People Away

11 Steps to Be Authentic & Not Scare People Away | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

To be authentic you must balance your needs w/ others. Else it's not authentic, it's obnoxious. Here's how...

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Kate Nasser often has excellent material of how to work with others in an authentic manner. This post is no exception.

 

(From the article): Who are you? Write a description of the authentic you. Include how you want to be treated. Write down some examples of when you find it difficult to be authentic and still consider others’ needs. Now re-read the list above. How can you apply the eleven steps to those moments?


You will be able to balance your needs with others. You will see that it doesn’t reduce your authenticity. It attracts people to it!.

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Forget the Vision, Make the Connections

Forget the Vision, Make the Connections | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

New leaders don’t spend nearly enough time and effort being intentional about how they show up and how they spend their own time. The effort they devote to forming meaningful connections with the people in the organization is almost an afterthought.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain
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(From the article): How can you be more intentional? Hall frames intentionality in her own work in eight words that guide each of her interactions: “I want it to matter that we met.” And it should matter for both her and the person she is meeting. There is an implied flexibility in the time horizon; it may matter immediately or several years down the road. Challenge yourself: “I want it to matter that I hold this position,” or “I want it to matter that I am your boss.” How does this affect how you will show up to deliver short-term results and create long-term impact?

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, April 22, 2:31 AM

Executives in transition often spend too little time on what matters most: building relationships. Making effective personal connections requires persistent introspection and intention.



David Hain's curator insight, April 27, 9:49 AM

So true, Kenneth! I'm working with an organisation just now where connecting is exactly what is required for a better future, yet what happens is the meet all the time, till they are begging for respite, and all they talk about is tasks and transactions!

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5 Steps To Create A Winning Day

5 Steps To Create A Winning Day | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

The way that you spend the first 15 or 30 minutes of your day can determine a lot about how you SEE or FUNCTION for the rest of the day.

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(From the article): Some people like to warm up to their day. That’s not a bad technique. But, your higher energy time thrives on accomplishments. What big thing can you complete this morning? What calls can you make that will convert a prospect to a client RIGHT NOW? What project can you complete quickly that will send those endorphins moving through your body? Get a BIG WIN as early as you can in your day and then look for more.

 

Stay in action the rest of the day and give it your best. Then, begin your NEXT day just before you go to sleep. Follow your success routine regularly and watch yourself create some winning momentum.

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Slow Down … Open Yourself Up to Inspiration

Slow Down … Open Yourself Up to Inspiration | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
By devoting more attention to the moment itself, you will notice many incredible things. Enjoy the actual experience and see where it takes you..

Via Peter Verschuere
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Great advice of how to be more creative! > Here are a few ideas to break from the grind and find a bit of creative inspiration.

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SageRave's curator insight, April 24, 11:14 AM

Don't undervalue your free time!

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A 4-Part Method for Better Leadership Communication

A 4-Part Method for Better Leadership Communication | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Communication skills are critical to being an effective leader, but they are seldom the reason people are promoted to leadership positions. Get a 4-part method for better leadership communication now.
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(From the article): Most, if not all, businesses today are run based on key metrics and data – it’s how decisions are made and strategy is developed. Communication is no different than marketing, sales, finance, operations, etc. when it comes to making decisions based on relevant data. Measurement ideally is focused on outcomes instead of output or activity through an assessment of how well the leader is meeting expectations.  This is how the four steps come full circle.  Evaluation can be in the form of a survey of employees or as a self-report of how well the leader thinks he or she is meeting the expectations.  Self-reports are useful but are inherently biased and mask blind spots.  We almost always rate ourselves higher on skill competence compared to what others might rate us. 

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24 Charts Of Leadership Styles Around The World

24 Charts Of Leadership Styles Around The World | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
British linguist Richard Lewis charts everything from structured individualism in the U.S. to ringi-sho consensus in Japan.

Via Bonnie Hohhof, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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A helpful and interesting look at the different leadership structures found around the world.

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george_reed's curator insight, May 4, 6:57 PM

i found this interesting. I always appreciate a good graphic as a visual learner. I wouldn't take any of these depictions as particularly accurate, but do see them as valuable for thinking about cultural differences regarding perceptions of leadership in the aggregate. 

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, May 5, 8:55 AM

Interesting depiction of leadership from around the world. 

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7 Personality Traits of a Great Leader

7 Personality Traits of a Great Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself.

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What’s important in leadership is refining your skills. All great leaders keep working on themselves until they become effective. Here’s how:...

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3 Benefits of Having an Online Business

3 Benefits of Having an Online Business | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Have you considered opening an online business or moving your current business online? Now is the time to do it! Here are three benefits of having an online business to help you make the leap:

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If you’ve ever been afraid to start a business, I encourage you to start your business online! It’s quick, easy, and profitable. All you need is passion, motivation, and dedication.

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15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter

15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Here's a list of words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter.
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Did you know that the words that you are use can undermine your effectiveness as a leader? Here are few that you need to eliminate immediately.

 

(From the article): People don't have the time or the attention span to read any more words than necessary. You want your readers to hear you out, understand your message, and perhaps be entertained, right? Here's a list of words to eliminate to help you write more succinctly.

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How to Stand Out and Be a Thought Leader

How to Stand Out and Be a Thought Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

How many of you have huge visions for what you want to create in the world, but don’t see how to make them happen?

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How can you STAND OUT and be a thought leader?  This is a great interview with Dorie Clark.(From the article): In This Episode, You Will Learn:

- How you sculpt yourself into the kind of person that is worth paying attention to

- How to get started with standing out:

- make something worth being talked about

-  get the world excited about it

- Combine disciplines from different fields – this makes possibilities present themselves

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To Weather Criticism, It Helps To Think Of The Big Picture

To Weather Criticism, It Helps To Think Of The Big Picture | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Negative feedback is supposed to be good for us, but it sure doesn't feel so good. Shifting the context by thinking more broadly helps blunt the sting, a study found. So does embracing change.
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(From the article): A growing body of research suggests that taking a broad perspective helps people deal with perceived threats, Molden notes.

 

When you're on the receiving end of criticism, Molden's advice is to take a few minutes to think about your long-term goals. And to think about how criticism is simply a part of life.

I can tell you, as someone in academia, I deal with negative feedback all the time," Molden says. "I've been doing this for 15 years. And every time I submit a research paper to a journal, it invariably comes back with tons of edits and feedback. And every time, it's easy to feel disappointed or even angry."

Molden says he copes by letting himself feel frustrated for a few minutes. "And then I step back and reflect on how this feedback could be beneficial."

 

 

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SageRave's curator insight, April 29, 6:43 PM

A good read for those of us who refuse to develop that "thick skin", that might making us impervious to criticism...and empathy.

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How to Plan Your Week to Keep Your Weekend Free

How to Plan Your Week to Keep Your Weekend Free | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Don’t wait until Friday to think about it.
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Work is life. But you need to plan your week in order to take the time for recreation and healing during the weekend. Here are some great suggestions on how you can accomplish that...

 

(From the article): If you want to experience the benefits of weekend time off, you must smartly invest your time during the week. Waiting until Friday to assess if you’ll have to work Saturday and Sunday will only set you up for another frantic weekend. Plan your time off by following some simple tips at the start of your week.

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The Importance Of Setting Goals | My Own Coach

The Importance Of Setting Goals | My Own Coach | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The most important thing about goals is having one! We all know that to stand a chance of success, we should be setting goals, but how many do you achieve?
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To stand any chance of success, we should be setting goals that are well formed, perhaps using one of the many tests we have learned over the years such as S-M-A-R-T.

 

But, the trouble with these tests is that they have become too familiar and people assume the criterion has been satisfied – rather like the bad habits we all get after years of driving!

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17 Action Steps to Take During Hard Times

17 Action Steps to Take During Hard Times | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It’s one thing to have a bad day yet quite another to fall on hard times. These are the times that shape character and show what you’re made of.
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(From the article):  Make sure to learn from the experience. You may have to apply this lesson another day. One thing this teaches us is that life is filled with “ups and downs,” so make the most of the “in-betweens.”

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What’s the Difference Between Executive Presence and Leadership Presence?

What’s the Difference Between Executive Presence and Leadership Presence? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Depending on the situation, executive presence can be a subset of leadership presence. 

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(From the article): If you’re too polished and too slick, you create distance. And the judgment on too polished and slick is in the eyes of the beholders. Because almost every leader is operating in a global context today (social media and web conferencing makes that the case even if you never leave your hometown), executive presence doesn’t travel like it used to.

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A Leadership Blog: How a Lean CEO Thinks and Why You Should Too

A Leadership Blog: How a Lean CEO Thinks and Why You Should Too | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Lean organizations outperform non-Lean organizations for two basic reasons. Here's how you can be a Lean leader.

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(From the article): Lean creates the ideal environment for motivating workers. Recognition, variety, autonomy, and the opportunity to learn are all intrinsic to the employee’s role in a culture of continuous improvement. 

Productivity was not about more effort and being more tired at the end of the day. It was about working together to create the conditions to be more productive. 

Leaving a person to sink or swim violates what may be the most important pillar of Lean: respect for people. 

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3 Surprising Ways to Succeed in Self-Leadership

3 Surprising Ways to Succeed in Self-Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
It’s ironic that successful self-leadership has more to do with others and less to do with self.
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The truth is that we do need others. It is important to connect with others who can help us be better leaders and persons. Connection makes us healthier, happier and more productive. It helps us grow in competence and character.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, April 24, 1:30 PM

Interesting pint of view...