Archive | August, 2013

10 Life Long Leadership Questions

28 Aug

 

 

There is are two compelling and closely related bodies information about success:  How to have a great life and How to become a leader.  Both drive from this basic axiom:  To have a great life you must work on it life long.  It is pretty clear that successful people are principle or values driven.  They operate from a small set of powerful ideas that they use to guide their lives.  Some of these principles are immutable; others change as we live our lives.  What is essential to this process is asking ourselves some hard questions from time-to-time.

 

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal suggest s list of ten such questions.

 

 

 

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Attitude is a major motivator

21 Aug

 In a recent meeting with a group of people, we moved through a series of self-perception exercises designed to identify their core motivators. Out of about 15 possible motivators, everyone chose either one or both of: attitude and relationships.

Your attitude is learned and is under your cognitive control – so what are you waiting for get to work on making it and you better.

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Leadership Contrasts: Cynicism vs. Respect

14 Aug

 

Check out this New York Times article entitled “The dangers of cynicism at the office.”  Kathy Savitt compares cynicism with four characteristics of leadership: Courage, Respect, Wit and Optimism.  Try it on  – an excellent read.  Also an interesting section about asking good questions to assure that you don’t hire jerks.  She also introduces a management tool called “stump a chump.”  This article is effective because of its use of dramatic contrasts.

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Self-Help For Skeptics

7 Aug

 

 

 

 

 

There is a substantial body of knowledge showing that by using personal and private cognitive tools it is possible to improve your mood and performance.  The WSJ had a charming article on this entitled Self-Help For Skeptics.

If you are interested in a more in-depth review (27 pages, $2.99) of such techniques go to: Beyond IQ: Practical Steps To Find the Best You.

 

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