Leadership Lessons from the Emperor: Part 1 of 2

via disney.com Remember that movie The Emperor's New Groove? It was based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale about a couple of conmen who sell an emperor clothes that can only be seen by those who aren't incompetent. The truth is there are no clothes but the emperor is much too proud to call BS. The movie adaptation focuses on a similar…

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Leadership Behavior: Active Listening

More than just "paying attention", active listening involves suspending judgment and reflecting back to the speaker that you understand what they are saying[1]. The dynamics of these components are much more complex than they sound because it requires a certain mindset, not just attention. For a leader, it requires not only wanting to see the world from someone else's perspective,…

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Relax Your Problem [INFOGRAPHIC]

When we face difficult and complex problems, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Using the concept of relaxation, we can solve problems with more optimal solutions by imagining the most optimal solution.     References Christian, Brian, and Tom Griffiths. Algorithms to live by: What computers can teach us about solving human problems. New York, Henry Holt and Company, 2016.

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Book Summary: Grit – The Power of Passion and Perseverance

  What's it about? Potential is only one part of predicting success; what you do with it is paramount. People essentially have large areas of intelligence that are only pushed to the limit by few things. Duckworth poses that passion is the drive of deliberate practice, which trumps talent. And grit is the use of that passion to persevere through difficult…

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Applying the Strategic Marketing Framework to Education in Cameroon

The education in developing countries requires more than simply increasing a budget or providing better teacher training. This project aims to increase student attendance, connect impact investing programs, stimulate the job market with outside investment, and provide higher education counseling and assistance. Successfully measuring progress requires approaches on multiple facets of the infrastructure, one of which is a unique marketing…

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Motivating Employees

Each employee starts off a job in a different place, given their work and education history (or lack thereof). Coming into a new position that offers a monetary bonus program, important decision-making abilities and company idea collaboration will extrinsically and intrinsically motivate an employee, especially if they were not offered those outcomes at previous jobs. Further, if an employee accelerated…

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Check Your Optimism at the Door

Effective leaders should be optimistic, right? Optimism, however, is not necessarily a sign an effective leader. The level of optimism someone has in order to be effective unfortunately presents the same whether the individual actually has the qualifications being considered[1]. A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology measured individuals' optimism regarding their own performance. There were positive and…

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Why Networking Matters to Leadership

Why Networking matters
Analyzing whether networking is critical to effective leadership depends on how that leadership is defined. If the key for any leader to be effective "is for them to be themselves, but with more skill"[1], then a network might seem useless. This might suggest leadership is innate, not developed; but leadership can be grown through the development of skills. According to…

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