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Leaders Pay Close Attention…and Then Act

Hardly any faculty is more important for the intellectual progress of man than ATTENTION. Animals clearly manifest this power, as when a cat watches by a hole and prepares to spring on its prey.
– Charles Darwin (The Descent of Man, 1871)

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How to lead like Walt

1. Connect with People on a Personal Level

"Whenever anyone called him Mr. Disney he got upset. It was always Walt. And he always knew your name. In the early days, we didn't wear name tags, but Walt still called you by your first name. Once he knew your name, he never forgot it."

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10 Leadership Lessons to Succeed During Turbulent Change

happy-people1In my new ebook Workforce of the Future: Building Change Adaptability, 2nd Edition I present four major forces that are exerting major impacts on our planet and its seven billion inhabitants.

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5 Leadership Lessons from Coach Carter

coach carterAs many of you will know, two of my biggest passions are sports and leadership, so whenever I get something that mixes the two I am doubly happy.

Today I watched the movie Coach Carter, not the first time I have seen it, but I do love this film, it has some great leadership lessons and also some great basketball.

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Leadership Lessons from Game of Thrones

big picture As I watched the season finale of Game of Thrones yesterday it reminded me of one of the most important lessons we need to learn as leaders, and that is what does success look like, real success.

Sometime we think we know, but often we only see the the problem and removing the problem is not the same as finding a solution, let alone a good solution.

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Whats the Role of Leadership in Teamwork

world cupWe are currently in the midst of World Cup Fever. We follow our teams with hopes, with high expectations, many of which our teams will fail to achieve, and when they fail we will look for someone to blame.

But who’s fault is it?

Many of us will blame the referees, maybe we will blame the players, or maybe, just maybe we will point the finger at the manager.

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Leadership Isn’t Always a Bed of Roses

alligatorsAs Leaders sometimes we get so bogged down in the day-to-day management associated with the roles we take that its practically impossible for us to implement the visions that we would like.

This is especially true for new leader who often come into posts with great ideas, but are unaware of the daily workload associated with their new role.

One of my favourite sayings is

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Begin With the End in Mind

habit 2How often have you started a project at work, or been part of a community effort that took some time to get off the ground, to discover partway through that your team had lost its way, unsure of what was the original goal?

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Strategy Execution: Why It Often Fails

A senior executive recently shared with me: “I have been explaining our new strategy for months, and last week in a leadership meeting I got astonishing feedback. The main message was ‘we have no clue where we’re going with our strategy’. How is this possible?! Defining a good strategy, and executing this strategy successfully are two separate things. Why does strategy execution often fail?

The CEO of Philips, Frans van Houten, recently remarked: “We often have good ideas, but we have to execute these well, otherwise they are useless.”