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How to Deal With a Toxic Boss or Co-Worker

How to Deal With a Toxic Boss or Co-Worker | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Are you getting pushed around by a colleague or supervisor? Here are five ways to handle a toxic co-worker or boss.

Via Barb Jemmott
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(From article): Should you stay or go? If your health, personal life, and capacity to perform your work is suffering, seriously consider your future. Is the bully likely to leave? Can you transfer, job exchange, or remove yourself from the bully’s trajectory?

 

Don’t shrug off the pain, humiliation, and loss of job satisfaction that a bully can cause. If all else fails, look for another job. Your health and happiness are more important than “sticking it out.”

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The article itself is an interesting read. The comments, however, give another real life look at the world of work.

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" We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. " - Winston Churchill
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Serving and Leadership on Facebook!

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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 2016.

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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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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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9 Reasons Why Hitting Rock Bottom Will Make You Stronger

9 Reasons Why Hitting Rock Bottom Will Make You Stronger | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Maybe your business has failed or your venture gone off track. 


Maybe you were supposed to be the next Steve Jobs, but it's all gone bad. For whatever reason, you find yourself in a place you never imagined--rock bottom. But failure is not fatal and rock bottom is not forever, unless you make it so. There are very important lessons to learn when you've hit rock bottom. Here are nine of the most important:

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I needed to read this today. I think you do as well.

(From the article):  Rock bottom can become the solid foundation on which you can rebuild your life. Whatever life gives you, even if it hurts a lot, be strong. Remember, strong walls may shake but they never collapse. You were given this life, this pain, this struggle, so work to keep yourself strong enough to make it through.
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9 Psychology Books Every Businessperson Should Read

9 Psychology Books Every Businessperson Should Read | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Learning the secrets of the mind will make you a better professional.
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A great list!

(From the article): Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman "If you want to understand how people think and how and why they react, then this is a must read," writes Weinschenk. Another reason to pick it up? The author is a Nobel Prize winning economist.
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Live The Rave: Working Passionately Most Of The Time 

Live The Rave: Working Passionately Most Of The Time  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Let your passion expand! When passion is there, then work is a blessing. When passion is there, then work is like play. When passion is there, then
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(From the article): You have passion in your working hours, at least sometimes. Discover it, and let it expand. Don’t run away from your passion, find ways that you can develop this part of your life, and you will enjoy more of what you do.
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One Question Every Leader Should Inspire In Those They Lead

One Question Every Leader Should Inspire In Those They Lead | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A look at the challenges two leaders faced and what it reveals about the power of relationships to bring out best in those we lead.
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(From the article): And therein lies a valuable lesson every leader should take note of – we all want to know that what we do matters; that it makes a difference and has value. By accepting the help of those we lead, we serve to reinforce that need.
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Excellence Is Not a Single Act -- It's a Habit.

Excellence Is Not a Single Act -- It's a Habit. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Ivan Misner, founder of Business Network International, explains his concept of doing six things a thousand times.
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(From the article): "What I often find is that business people look for these bright, shiny object," he says. "Oh look at this, this is a great idea, let's try this, let's try that... no. You really want to be successful? You have to do things over and over and over again, consistently. "We are what we do, repeatedly. Therefore excellence is not a single act -- it's a habit."
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Happy Workplaces Can Also Be Candid Workplaces

Happy Workplaces Can Also Be Candid Workplaces | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
There’s no trade-off between being kind and being honest.
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(From the article): If you want to implement more positive communication, the data shows that you must do so sincerely and authentically — otherwise it can have the reverse effect. Applying a technique disingenuously produces cynicism and defensiveness. Fisher shares that she encourages a positive and compassionate workplace “by modeling my own vulnerability and authenticity. I share my feelings and fears and believe in speaking to what is true. It’s amazing to see the ideas and energy that surface by telling people the truth. You tap into this collective drive. You’re able to come together and move things forward.” 

Leaders who want to get results should thus pay more attention to the critical importance of creating psychologically safe work environments by emphasizing positive, authentic communication. You can be both candid and caring.
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It's Your Life to Live. Own It!

It's Your Life to Live. Own It! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Everyone is born with the potential for greatness. What happens next is up to you. It’s Your Life to Live. Own it!
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(From the article): Securing the ultimate prize takes strength and courage. You’re going to face challenges that seem insurmountable and suffer setbacks along the way, but faith, hard work, and determination will see you through. Don’t listen to naysayers or allow others to lead you astray; follow your heart and let your dreams lead the way. You owe it to yourself to be the best you can be. You’ll travel this road only once. Believe in yourself and make yourself proud. There are no dress rehearsals in life.
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Why Deep Thinking Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Why Deep Thinking Is Needed Now More Than Ever | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Big issues face us – macro and micro. What I mean, as a society, we face terrorism, mass shootings, government debt and deficits, crumbling infrastructure, and generational shifts impactin
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(From the article): How do we begin to think more deeply? The first step is to hold our leaders accountable for the statements they make and require a deeper answer than just it will be “tremendous.” As humans, we vote. We vote on election day. We vote by staying in our current jobs, trying to change where we are, or moving on to better places. We vote by holding thought-provoking conversations with our spouses, partners, and kids. In each, we need to hold each other accountable. More than accountability, we need to hold each other to higher standards.
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Five Moments When Saying No Is Your Best Strategy

Five Moments When Saying No Is Your Best Strategy | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Most successful leaders have little difficulty saying no to a losing deal, to a project that’s wasting money, or to a request that doesn’t align with their priorities. But these same leaders can find it very uncomfortable to speak up when their concerns are less cut-and-dried or when their organization is hell-bent on pursuing a plan. In certain situations, it can feel politically risky to hesitate or ask too many questions. Even with their direct reports, many leaders find themselves putting off the difficult conversations needed to address issues such as drifting standards, inappropriate behavior, or emerging bad habits.

But, as difficult as it can be, saying no is often the key to effective leadership. Without the ability to push back when needed, you run the risk of “commitment drift”: promises made to customers or employees, or to promote safety, specific values, financial discipline, or social and environmental responsibility are eroded incrementally, without anyone really stopping to think about the consequences. As Joseph Fuller and Michael C. Jensen pointed out in their 2002 paper “Just Say No to Wall Street: Putting a Stop to the Earnings Game,” saying no to such dysfunctional momentum can be your best strategy for helping your company succeed as well as living your values.

Via David Hain
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(From the article): Being prepared to recognize and act on these moments of truth makes it less likely that you will blow by critical decision points without giving them the attention they deserve. The fact is, it only gets harder to speak up if you wait. And, as you practice saying no or raising questions constructively, you increase your ability to exert a positive influence on your organization.
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If your gut says no, it probably should prompt you to say no - or at least explore your concerns openly!

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The Value of Grey Thinking - Learn to live with uncertainty

The Value of Grey Thinking - Learn to live with uncertainty | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
One of the most common questions we receive, unsurprisingly, is along the lines of What one piece of advice would you recommend to become a better thinker? The question is kind of cheating. There is, of course, no one thing, and if Farnam Street is a testament to any idea, it’s that you must pull from …
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(From the article): This fundamental truth is easy to grasp in theory and hard to use in practice, every day. It takes a substantial deprogramming to realize that life is all grey, that all reality lies on a continuum. This is why quantitative and scale-based thinking is so important. But most don’t realize that quantitative thinking isn’t really about math; it’s about the idea that The dose makes the poison. The dose/poison idea is the opposite of the slippery slope argument favored by the ideologue. It starts with this, and then the whole thing goes to hell. Well, maybe, but not necessarily and not usually. Nearly all things are OK in some dose but not OK in another dose. That is the way of the world, and why almost everything connected to practical reality must be quantified, at least roughly. This isn’t to say that some things shouldn’t be stamped on hard, and fast. Doing heroin even once is probably a bad idea. But make sure to use the right mental model for the right situation. We can re-frame our slogans above: War is awful but history show it to be occasionally necessary, and a very complex phenomenon. Capitalism is enormously productive but has many limitations. Some socialist institutions actually work well in a capitalist economy, but pure socialism hasn’t tended to work at all. College has its pluses and minuses; it works for some and not for others. Support for soldiers may carry some conditions. And so on.
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7 Ways to Get People to Take Responsibility

7 Ways to Get People to Take Responsibility | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
In today's business culture where success is a team effort, it's more important than ever to strive for excellence.
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(From the article): In days gone by a person could say “that’s not my job” and get away with it. In today’s world, the only ones who will survive are those who take responsibility for excellence. With these seven strategies you can get people to do exactly that.
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How to Fake It When You’re Not Feeling Confident

How to Fake It When You’re Not Feeling Confident | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Think incrementally.
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(From the article): Think incrementally If you approach a new position or responsibility with the goal of “killing it right off the bat, you’re setting yourself up for failure,” says Cuddy. Rather than setting a grandiose objective, she suggests making “small, incremental improvements” in your performance. Think of these steps as “the opposite of a New Year’s resolution,” she says. For instance, you might say to yourself, “In today’s meeting, I’m going to make sure everyone on the team feels heard.” Or, “At this networking session, I am going to make two new connections.” A growing body of research supports this approach, notes Ibarra. “Goals are a moving target,” she says, requiring constant setting and resetting.
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Nobody’s Perfect – So Get Over Yourself

Nobody’s Perfect – So Get Over Yourself | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Sorry if I'm the one to burst your bubble but, nobody is perfect. Not even you. You don't need to handicap yourself by carrying around that kind of burden. Aim for the bull's-eye? Absolutely. Strive for perfection? Yes - always - but understand that some times you can't attain the unattainable. 

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Worth Remembering … Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence – Vince Lombardi
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To Seize the Future, Create a Leadership Circle

To Seize the Future, Create a Leadership Circle | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Senior leaders need to talk to each other.
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(From the article): A leadership circle is a unique engagement of members of the corporate family. It is a thinking-intensive forum created to expand horizons and raise new possibilities. One business unit director for the media company commented to me that, after the first few meetings of the leadership circle, discussions were happening that had been previously missing from all past strategic dialogues. “We simply had never had a forum for having such discussion among peers from across the organization,” he shared with me one day, “and once we got started, the benefits became evident to all of us.” With a universal need for companies to find new ways to either take existing corporate capabilities and move them in new directions or to start developing the capabilities required to keep the company moving forward, forming circles may be the best way to start solving that need.
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Optimism: The Secret Of Great Leadership 

Optimism: The Secret Of Great Leadership  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

If you’re looking for powerful fuel for your leadership, look at optimism. Winston Churchill used to say “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Maybe that’s why optimistic leaders are usually more successful than pessimists.


Via Anne Leong, Ricard Lloria
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(From the article): Remember that happier equals healthier. There is evidence that the immune systems of optimistic people are stronger than those of pessimists. Stay positive and you may be able to enjoy better health.
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10 Ways For New Leaders To Develop Their Leadership Skills

10 Ways For New Leaders To Develop Their Leadership Skills | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Being a leader doesn't mean you know everything there is to know about leadership. In fact, the best leaders are the ones who pursue their own education. Leadership, after all, is not about being an expert in your industry -- it's about being an expert in people management. Making time to [...]
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(From the article): Observe Others, Read, Get Coaching Leadership is a skill that can be learned despite many believing that we are born with leadership abilities or not. We typically learn leadership in one of two ways, we work for a bad leader and say, “I’ll never do it that way,” or we work for a good leader and say, “I’ll do it like that.” Over time, we develop our style, but it can be improved and accelerated by books and personal coaching. – Chris Robinson, R3 Coaching
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You Don't Need a Title to Be a Great Leader

You Don't Need a Title to Be a Great Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If you can influence and have an impact on others, you're a leader.

Via Marc Wachtfogel, PhD, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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(From the article): No matter what title you have, no matter where you work, or who you work with-if you're influencing others and making change happen, you're a leader.
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How Great Leaders Value People

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Great leaders truly value their people, and demonstrate that sentiment. This post details three ways leaders show they value their people.

Via Kevin Watson
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(From the article): Great leaders show an interest in their people’s jobs and career aspirations. They look into the future to create learning and development opportunities. They find out what motivates their best people by getting to know what desires will drive each tribe member. This is about emotional engagement.
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Article ends with a great question "In what meaningful and sustainable ways do you value your people at work?" People feeling valued precedes them living values, and delivering value.
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The Importance of Opportunity In Your Leadership

The Importance of Opportunity In Your Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
People and organizations grow and develop to the extent that they capitalize on opportunities to do so. Opportunities are important to leaders because they’re important to the people they lead. Opportunities are the venues where people can try, test, better, and even find themselves. 

The leader’s job is to match the opportunity to the person and to help the person—and the organization—exploit that opportunity for all it’s worth. Open-door leadership is about noticing, identifying, and creating opportunities for those being led. 

Via David Hain, Ricard Lloria
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(From the article): People and organizations grow and develop to the extent that they capitalize on opportunities to do so. Opportunities are important to leaders because they’re important to the people they lead. Opportunities are the venues where people can try, test, better, and even find themselves. The leader’s job is to match the opportunity to the person and to help the person—and the organization—exploit that opportunity for all it’s worth. Open-door leadership is about noticing, identifying, and creating opportunities for those being led.
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Why opportunity issue important to the growth mindset - one minute, one big insight!

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Looking for a job? Here are 8 reasons you need to blog

Looking for a job? Here are 8 reasons you need to blog | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If you are looking for a job or just entering the work force, I always recommend blogging as a way to get ahead... in almost any career. Here’s why.
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(From the article): Here is the last thing you say to your interviewer: “I’ve enjoyed our time together but there is so much more I could tell you about my abilities. I hope you’ll take a look at my blog (the web address is on my resume) so you can see for yourself the way I think about things.” And you know what? They’ll do it. You have just extended your interview by another 15-30 minutes and that may make all the difference!
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Why Every CEO Needs a Coach

Why Every CEO Needs a Coach | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Every Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is "on the stage" the majority of his or her work life but needs pre-performance quiet and confidential time to be creative, bounce their ideas off someone in a safe environment, and explore the unintended consequences of their future actions.  Engaging in a personal coaching conversation is a refreshing opportunity where the CEO can be completely open and creative in a confidential and safe place.

When asked what was the best advice he ever received, Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google, recognized it was from John Doerr, who in 2001 said, "My advice to you is to have a coach."  Schmidt initially resented the advice, because after all, he was a CEO.  He was pretty experienced.  Why would he need a coach? 

Via David Hain, Les Howard
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(From the article): I often hear myself telling my coach that it’s painful sometimes to have to be brutally honest with myself and as he always explains, it’s best to be honest with your coach as they are a sound board for you. Let’s think about this concept for a moment. If I didn’t have a coach then this conversation would be going on internally, with my inner self talk. As we all know inner self talk goes round and round and doesn’t actually go anywhere except in a negative energy field. It spirals down into a conversation of justifying and explaining why I shouldn’t do something. Controlling our inner self talk takes great skill.
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If it works for Eric Schmidt...! Why you should think about hiring coach.

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Lot of wisdom in this article. For me it describes mentoring more than coaching. I know some great business coaches and respect their work. I also know that the term is somewhat tainted because of the zillions of people putting up a shingle. I prefer being regarded as a mentor which is how my clients see me
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Why the Best Leaders Are Social Media Savvy

Why the Best Leaders Are Social Media Savvy | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The C-suite is more effective and trustworthy when engaged on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, according to new research. These tools can help you overcome a reputation crisis.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Roger Francis
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SoMe leaders get it! How about you?

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Why SoMe leaders have a leg up on others?

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Leadership identity: Elevate your executive presence 

Leadership identity: Elevate your executive presence  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
After due diligence and sincere effort, what really holds you back is not your background but the story you tell yourself about your background. This story becomes your leadership identity.
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(From the article): To inspire others, you have to walk the razor’s edge of meeting them where they are while inspiring them to step up and be more. You can only do this when you successfully alter your leadership identity and elevate your executive presence.
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How Leaders Can Let Go Without Losing Control

How Leaders Can Let Go Without Losing Control | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Manage through principles, not just processes.
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(From the article): By creating the missing layer of decision principles, leaders have an opportunity to let go without losing control, and to add structure without losing speed. It’s a way to transcend the tradeoff between alignment and autonomy and to create a culture based on principles over process. It works for birds, fish, and soldiers. Maybe it’s time to give it a try for companies too.
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Give Win First

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Everyone seems to want to win. Many want a "win-win" relationship. We're OK if the other guy wins as long as we do. There's one problem...

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(From the article): Trust lubricates relationships and interactions. We are free to do and be our best around people we trust. Rather than bemoan the lack of trustworthy people today, work to make sure you’re trustworthy. Examine your key relationships with your leaders, peers, collaborators and teammates. How can you give win first? How can you provide overwhelming evidence that you’re trustworthy? Constantly grow your trustworthiness and improve the performance of everyone you influence. That’s the kind of trend our world needs today.
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