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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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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See Through Adversity: Perseverance, Productivity, and Perspective Help You Hit Life’s Curveballs

persevere against adversity
In his book, How to Win at the Sport of Business, Mark Cuban tells a story of when he was building his software company. Everything seemed to be going along fantastically, until someone threw a curveball into his life. His secretary emptied the business' bank account, stripping Cuban and his business partner of $83,000. This didn't even happen to me…

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Design Thinking: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid [Infographic]

Last week, I posted an infographic on outlining what Design Thinking is and is not. Now we'll get into the key points that people should keep in mind while going through the process. Sources Design Thinking Comes of Age - Jon Kolko, Harvard Business Review Design Thinking, Explained - Rebecca Linke, MIT Sloan School of Management Design Thinking is Bullshit…

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