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5 Ways To Make The Most Out Of Having a Mentor - Forbes

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5 Ways To Make The Most Out Of Having a Mentor
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The word "Mentor" has origins in Greek Mythology. Odysseus's great friend and advisor was named Mentor.
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A useful framework to think about mentoring ... for both mentors and mentees.  Remember, mentorship works best when it's a two way street.

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Steps To Fearless Confrontation

Steps To Fearless Confrontation | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Need to confront someone about an important issue? Take these 5 steps to generate a successful outcome.

Via Patti Kinney
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Creating harmony and setting people up for success sometimes requires confronting people ... both inside and outside the organization.  Here's a useful way to think through confrontation with an eye towards moving the ball downfield.

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12 Random Tweetable Leadership Principles | Ron Edmondson

Here are 12 random leadership axioms in less than 140 characters each. Some have been previous tweets. Some people will only support you after it's proven to be a success. They are the same people who will say I told you ...
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Great and powerful leadership insights in these small, tweetable packages!

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Leadership- Is it in YOU? - FireFighterToolBox

Leadership- Is it in YOU? - FireFighterToolBox | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Be The Leader They Need! Fire service leadership is in high demand with a short supply. There are many schools of thought when it comes to leadership styles. The topic of leadership has been discussed, debated and written about add nausea.

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First and foremost, leadership is a choice.  Second, leadership is taking action to lead.  Repeat.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 30, 2013 12:45 PM

Leadership is a consensus between you and those who choose to follow you. There is no promotion to the position of a leader. You don’t have to be a company officer to be a leader. All it takes is an attitude of action.

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Where are You on Your Leadership Journey?

Where are You on Your Leadership Journey? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership as a journey is probably a tired metaphor. I’m as guilty as the next guy for wearing this out. I not only say it – I believe it!

Via donhornsby
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A more important insight ... leadership is not just a journey for the leader, but also for those who follow.  All of us have a story and all of us are on a journey.  The strong and insightful leader knows how to weave the stories of his/her people together ... to create the organizations story ... so that we all can enjoy and learn from the journey.

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donhornsby's curator insight, November 4, 2013 8:47 AM

(From the article): This is probably not the best label for this stage in a leader’s career because the best leaders never arrive. However, they do reach a point where they realize their success is inextricably linked to those they lead. The successful seasoned leader has gotten self out of the way and is focused on helping others win. As a result, he or she wins too! They also know, their continued contribution is contingent on their growth.

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Jennifer Hyman: 'It Was One of the First Days I Felt Like I Was a Good Leader'

Jennifer Hyman: 'It Was One of the First Days I Felt Like I Was a Good Leader' | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
The Rent the Runway co-founder explains how difficult it was to hire and retain engineers, until she changed her approach.
    

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What a great leadership story!  Have you ever felt this way?

 

I think the best part was the moment when the leader (Jennifer) and her engineers (Timmy and Collin) finally connected -- and together they moved the organization forward.  At that moment, the whole became greater than the sum of the parts ... and *only* at that moment did the gaggle of diverse people at the company become an organization/organism united by purpose.

 

Note that this story was only possible after the leader (Jennifer) took a risk/chance on her people ... giving trust to engineers who she didn't really understand.

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8 Leadership Lessons From Fortune’s Most Powerful Women | CEO.com

8 Leadership Lessons From Fortune’s Most Powerful Women | CEO.com | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

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Sage and powerful advise for all leaders!

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John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, October 30, 2013 9:34 AM

These are some great insights! I love 'Chill Out' and 'Identify your passion - and let it guide you."

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Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story | Video on TED.com

Filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Toy Story," "WALL-E") shares what he knows about storytelling -- starting at the end and working back to the beginning. Contains graphic language ...
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An insightful story on how to tell better stories!  Fun and powerful!

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5 Words You Should Say Every Day

5 Words You Should Say Every Day | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
"Every day brings new choices" -Martha Beck Leadership impact comes in the context of the mundane.  Every day little words inspire connection more than any grand speech you could deliver.

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Help, thanks, because, why, and who -- 5 key words at the center of leadership and in the heart of strong leaders.

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Don Dea's curator insight, November 3, 2013 11:56 PM
5 Words You Say Every Day

Small interactions add up.  The simplest words prove most useful.  In fact they’re tough to over use.

1. Help

Help is one of the most under-leveraged words in leadership.   “How can I best help?”  ”What help do you need?”  ”Who else can be helpful?” Just as importantly is asking for help as needed.  Being both helpful and helped each day builds genuine connections and does wonders productivity.

2. Thanks

Not just casual, in passing kind of thanks..but a genuine pause of appreciation.  Work to truly thank and appreciate at least one person every day.

3. Because

It’s easy to assume your team understands your rationale or thinking.  What may seem obvious to you often gets lost in translation, particularly if there are a few degrees of separation.  ”We’re doing this because….” “I need this information because…”  ”Your work is so important because…”  ”He was selected for this project because…”

4. Why

Just as important as explaining the “because” is asking “why?”  A curious and kind tone is particularly vital here.  ”Why do we do it that way?”  ”Why is this the priority?” “Why are you interested in that new job?”    Great leaders ask “why” more than most.

 5. Who

When leaders move too quickly, important “whos” get lost.  ”Who should we involve?”  ”Who does this best?”  ”Who else needs to know?”

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Connect, Then Lead

Connect, Then Lead | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

A few small nonverbal signals a nod, a smile, an open gesture can show people that you’re pleased to be in their company and attentive to their concerns. Prioritising warmth helps you connect immediately with those around you, demonstrating that you hear them, understand them, and can be trusted by them.


When Strength Comes First


Most of us work hard to demonstrate our competence. We want to see ourselves as strong and want others to see us the same way. We focus on warding off challenges to our strength and providing abundant evidence of competence. We feel compelled to demonstrate that we’re up to the job, by striving to present the most innovative ideas in meetings, being the first to tackle a challenge, and working the longest hours. We’re sure of our own intentions and thus don’t feel the need to prove that we’re trustworthy despite the fact that evidence of trustworthiness is the first thing we look for in others.


Via The Learning Factor
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Leaders must both be approachable and trustworthy while also be strong and competent.  It's a false choice that you have to be either likable or tough -- the strongest leaders are both likable AND tough!

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 31, 2013 7:01 PM

A growing body of research suggests that the way to influence and to lead is to begin with warmth. Warmth is the conduit of influence: It facilitates trust and the communication and absorption of ideas.

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Great Startup CEOs Are Servants, Not Kings - Forbes

Great Startup CEOs Are Servants, Not Kings - Forbes | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Great Startup CEOs Are Servants, Not Kings
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On the other hand, the companies that are performing the best are run by servants; it's become apparent to me that great CEOs are not top-down leaders.
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As the world becomes ever more interconnected, the need for strong leaders is increasing and the difference between leaders and managers is becoming more pronounced.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 30, 2013 12:02 PM

The vision may begin with the CEO or it may not, but it has to have buy in at all levels and be shared.

John Michel's curator insight, October 30, 2013 1:36 PM

By allowing team members to reach their fullest potential, you’ve unleashed a power that you alone could never produce. 

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Continuous learning and self-improvement is the heart of career growth: Deputy ... - Business Recorder

Continuous learning and self-improvement is the heart of career growth: Deputy ... - Business Recorder | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Continuous learning and self-improvement is the heart of career growth: Deputy ...

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Let's face it, the world is ever changing ... the strategic environment thrives on dynamic (versus static) stability ... thus the need to continuously learn and grow is persistent.

 

The moment you decide to stop learning (regardless of reason) is the moment you start becoming irrelevant and obsolete.  Leaders don't just continue learning, they hunger to learn and grown -- and they inspire in their mentees/proteges the same hunger for development.

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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, October 29, 2013 11:12 AM

Excellent article!  We have to draw our own maps to continue to grow.

 

I particularly like the example of the elephant's limits.

 

Make it a great day!

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Leadership Power: Grabbed or Granted?

Leadership Power: Grabbed or Granted? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
It is hard to deny the connection between leadership and power. Depending on your experience and perspective, one or more likely came to mind when you read those two words together. Leaders have an...

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Insightful article.  True leadership is not something taken or earned ... it is a gift first given by the leader and then regifted by followers in their willingness and inspiration to follow.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 28, 2013 8:37 AM

Power gained through belief, relationship, trust and confidence given leads to leadership by choice, not by compliance, and has a much better chance of lasting over the long haul.

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Leading With Questions

Leading With Questions | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
As leader we are sometimes expected to know all the answers—sometimes even before the questions are known. But buying into that expectation means that we risk sacrificing the very thing we need to lead with effectiveness: the right questions.

Via Patti Kinney
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The article captures it well -- it is possible for leaders to provide answers ... and sometimes that is necessary.  However, to guide and inspire the most from your people and to coach and teach them -- asking good questions is a much more powerful approach.  Only in this way, can your people learn to ask better questions themselves and come up with better answers.  Oh, and this opens up the door to the possibility that your people can present better answers than you have.

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7 High Costs of Good Leadership

7 High Costs of Good Leadership | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership is expensive. Costly. Cheap leadership is never good leadership. Here are 7 high costs of good leadership: Personal agenda - Good leaders give up their personal desires for the good of others, the team or the organization.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Choosing to lead costs -- but for strong servant leaders, the price is worth paying for the leadership journey with your team/organization.

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Mussalon koulu's curator insight, November 5, 2013 2:13 PM

Aika raakaa, mutta aika totta.

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My employees reviewed me, and I kind of suck. — on management — Medium

My employees reviewed me, and I kind of suck. — on management — Medium | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
I am the CEO at Happy Cog, a digital design studio.

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Powerful story.  Leaders must not be afraid of feedback ... in fact, you should seek it out.  You already know that your people cannot grow if they are not afforded honest and constructive feedback.  They same applies to leaders.  Don't make the mistake of stifling your own grown--and that of your organization--by shielding yourself from much needed feedback.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, November 14, 2013 10:43 AM

I love this post from the CEO at Happy Cog.  His honesty and transparency is something we need so much from the big boss.  

 

Most importantly, his courage in not only being reviewed but to talk about it and why it is importantly!

 

Here is a very good section about his advice to others:

 

Reality: I waited too long.If I can offer any advice to people in my position, it’s please don’t wait to get a candid assessment of what your coworkers think of how you’re steering the ship. Chances are, you’re not as smooth as you think.
Also, only by subjecting yourself to the same processes and protocols you impose on your colleagues will you truly understand how they impact them. You’re not immune.

 

 

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, November 14, 2013 11:19 AM

Here is a very good section about his advice to others:

 

Reality: I waited too long.

 

If I can offer any advice to people in my position, it’s please don’t wait to get a candid assessment of what your coworkers think of how you’re steering the ship.

 

Chances are, you’re not as smooth as you think. 


Also, only by subjecting yourself to the same processes and protocols you impose on your colleagues will you truly understand how they impact them. You’re not immune.

 

For the full article, go to:  https://medium.com/on-management/124f242a0352

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 14, 2013 12:46 PM

It works when employees feel they can be honest. We did the same thing several years ago and basically were told not to say anything negative or we would be out of the profession. Sometimes silence says enough. I left my survey blank.

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It’s not will you need to lead through a crisis, it’s when. Here’s how.

It’s not will you need to lead through a crisis, it’s when. Here’s how. | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
If there is one guarantee in your leadership career it's that your plans won't always work. You will face a crisis or two that can derail your dreams if not handled correctly.Read more...

Via Bobby Dillard
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The truth is that crises happen and are part of life--they are unavoidable. 

 

And during a crisis, it becomes painfully clear who the real leaders are and who are not.  In crisis, the leader makes the choice to lead his/her people through the crisis and to the other side.

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"Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.” ~ Charles de Gaulle
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How to Think like a Leader | Blog

How to Think like a Leader | Blog | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
How to Think like a Leader (Here are some interesting insights into the the meaning of leadership from Jack Welch - and he should know!

Via John Michel
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This is the most critical transition a new leader must make -- where the leader's and organization's success is now defined by setting your people up for success.  Not all newly appointed leaders make this leap.

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John Michel's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:49 AM
Being a leader basically requires a whole new mindset. You’re no longer constantly thinking “How can I stand out?” but “How can I help my people do their jobs better?”
Cruise Line Class's curator insight, November 5, 2013 8:53 AM

Thanks Don for sharing this article!!!

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Four Areas Where Senior Leaders Should Focus Their Attention

Stop checking email and starting talking about what matters.

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Interesting thoughts ... I like the last one the most, that leaders should open the door for the organization to discuss the "undiscussables" -- intrigueing.

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Anna Conrad's curator insight, November 1, 2013 11:39 AM

Before these topics are covered make sure the facilitator has established trust and credibility with the members of the team.  Most decisions are made before meetings, not during them.

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Today I was reminded of this...

Today I was reminded of this... | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

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Insight - if you're a strong leader helping to challenge the status quo, then it's not a matter "if" you are wrong ... there will come many times "when" you are wrong.  Being humble helps you to "fail forward" (as referenced by many other leadership articles and books) and also helps you to empathize with your subordinates to give them the space to take risks, make mistakes, and for them to "fail forward" as well.

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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:02 PM

As a leader it is wise toremember this!

 

When we are humble and curious...it is amazing how much one can learn. 

Tip someone shared with me last week:  Every person you come in contact with will know something that you don't know.  Imagine how much you can learn.

 

Make it a great day!

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How to Create a Story

How to Create a Story | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

From structure and plot to heroes and characters, your story must have everything in place if it's to connect with the reader. Follow our guide to storytelling success.


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Stories are one of the most effective ways leaders can connect with their people ...this framework can be very helpful in think through the stories you cherish to help make them more impactful and meaningful.

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What is More Important: Meaning or Salary [INFOGRAPHIC] | JobCluster.com Blog

What is More Important: Meaning or Salary [INFOGRAPHIC] | JobCluster.com Blog | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
It is better to work in that industry, which you are passionate about, which gives you happiness, comfort as well as work satisfaction.

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Interesting ... it should go without saying that passion/meaning should be more important when it comes to success at work -- was shocked about the demographics which would indicate that the majority of women have a tough time finding meaning in their work or pursueing their passions on the job -- this warrants more digging to get at the heart of the matter.

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80% Of Companies Don't Care About Company Culture--Do You?

80% Of Companies Don't Care About Company Culture--Do You? | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it
Design Executive Officers certainly do. And the authors of the new book Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design believe they're the future of business.

Via Anne Egros, AlGonzalezinfo
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It should be obvious that building and reinforcing an organizational culture takes many people, and leaders at every level play a fundamental roll.  That said, I think this article hits the nail on the head by emphasizing that culture is "something that we do" ... and not something that can be proceduralized -- it's more art and less science -- it's more indirect influence and less direct supervision -- it matters a lot but there's no shortcut to quickly creating a good culture.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, November 1, 2013 2:26 PM

Wow, this is surprising!  Thanks Anne!

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80% Of Companies Don't Care About Company Culture--Do You?

Miguel Paul Trijaud Calderón's curator insight, June 10, 2014 5:10 AM

Daniel Goleman (2000) professes that leadership styles account for 70% of organizational climate or culture, which in turn leads to a 30% impact on organizational performance.

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The Linchpin to Your Company’s Success

The Linchpin to Your Company’s Success | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

Today’s show crackles with energy from the very first minute because my guest, our own Leaguer Irene Becker, is such an Extraordinary Thinker.


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Interesting leadership framework - IQ + EQ + SQ ... as a means to frame an individual as well as an organization.  This idea is worth exploring deeper.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 29, 2013 3:55 AM

Learn about the 3Q Edge from Irene Becker.

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How to Pick Your Battles at Work

How to Pick Your Battles at Work | The Heart of Leadership | Scoop.it

You hate that people consistently show up to meetings late. You find your company’s maternity policy woefully inadequate. You think the company’s IT system is out of date. It’s normal to be bothered by work issues like these, but when do you move from complaining to taking action? How do you decide which battles to fight?

 

What the Experts Say


One thing is certain — you can’t take on every problem at work. Each person has a finite amount of political capital. “If you make a huge fuss over something silly, you may not be able to get your way when it’s something really important,” says Dorie Clark, a strategy consultant and author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future. Even if you’re certain that the issues you want to tackle are critical, your reputation may suffer if you take them all on at once. “There’s a line you cross from being seen as an observant problem-solver to a being Debbie Downer,” says Karen Dillon, author of HBR Guide to Office Politics and co-author of How Will You Measure Your Life?. It’s important to figure out where that line is. Lois Kelly, co-author with Carmen Medina (see case study #1) of the upcoming book, Rebels at Work: Befriending the Bureaucratic Black Belts and Leading Change from Within, says the smartest people carefully calculate what’s worth their time and energy. Whether the issue is minor or fundamental, here are five principles to help you decide whether to take on a challenge or leave it alone.


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Strong leadership includes picking the battles that are worth fighting ... and for the right reasons.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 29, 2013 1:46 AM

You can’t -- and shouldn’t -- wage every war. Here’s how to choose the ones that matter.