The person with the most authority and credibility is not the one who is most confident or forceful in today’s workplace. We have become immune to force and many find that the more you attempt to convince, the less convincing you become. Work instead to find the ultra solution—the one that moves beyond all those on the table that are usually presented as mutually exclusive options. Gain authority by replacing the “or” that is stamped between different ideas with an “and.” That way you can suggest ideas that take the entire group to a higher level where many things are possible and many things can be true at once. Something such as, “Do we want to cut cost or increase quality?” becomes, “How do we cut costs and increase quality at the same time? Here is an idea.”

startupquote:

Learn by doing. Theory is nice, but nothing replaces actual experience.
- Tony Hsieh

startupquote:

Learn by doing. Theory is nice, but nothing replaces actual experience.

- Tony Hsieh

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2. Follow through. Always do what you say you’re going to do. Otherwise, your credibility is destroyed. As the saying goes, they remember your last act.

Consistency in action and vision remains a constant - ironically - in every leadership blog I’ve read to date.

startupquote:

Entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.
- David Karp

startupquote:

Entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.

- David Karp

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laughingsquid:

ImageThink Graphic Recording at GE Booth at TechCrunch Distrupt

Graphic recorders transcribe and organize group dialogues instantly into visual metaphors and mind maps. The visual maps enable participants to build upon other’s ideas. The group sees their conversation develop before them, thus creating a shared information base.
The visual record of a discussion streamlines meeting productivity by increasing clarity, focusing conversation, and reducing repetition. The group can amend their ideas in real time. This interaction with the materials increases individual participation and builds group trust. The team’s engagement promotes heightens critical thinking and strategic planning, resulting in more innovative and creative results.

laughingsquid:

ImageThink Graphic Recording at GE Booth at TechCrunch Distrupt

Graphic recorders transcribe and organize group dialogues instantly into visual metaphors and mind maps. The visual maps enable participants to build upon other’s ideas. The group sees their conversation develop before them, thus creating a shared information base.

The visual record of a discussion streamlines meeting productivity by increasing clarity, focusing conversation, and reducing repetition. The group can amend their ideas in real time. This interaction with the materials increases individual participation and builds group trust. The team’s engagement promotes heightens critical thinking and strategic planning, resulting in more innovative and creative results.

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.

"But stress doesn’t discriminate between good and bad. It comes, unbidden, anytime we are in a situation in which we are worried about an outcome we feel is beyond our control. So we complain. We gossip. We get snarky. Which quickly infects those around us. And then they complain, gossip, and snark. Pretty soon we’re competing for who’s most stressed. Who’s got the most work. Who’s got the most ungrateful, unreasonable boss. Which, of course, just makes us all more stressed. What is the best way to cope with feeling overwhelmed while also managing the complaining, gossiping, snarky colleague? How should we respond without becoming that person ourselves? Offer to do some of their work for them."

#7) Ask Your Staff for “5 Things That We Should Stop Doing” – We’re always asking what we SHOULD be doing; when do we ever ask if there are things that we should STOP doing? This is a great time of year to do that, and it will always elicit some excellent and actionable feedback.

"It’s this relentless questioning that leads entrepreneurs to spot new opportunities and helps managers understand the people who work for them, and how to get them to work together effectively. It is no coincidence that more than one executive uttered the same phrase when describing what, ultimately, is the C.E.O.’s job: “I am a student of human nature.”

The C.E.O.’s are not necessarily the smartest people in the room, but they are the best students — the letters could just as easily stand for “chief education officer.”