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Synergy versus Leverage

Synergy versus Leverage I got into an interesting conversation about distinctions, recently. Specifically, it was about the difference between ‘synergy’ and ‘leverage’. Here’s what we concluded: Synergy is the idea that 1 + 1 > 2. In other words, when you’re working with someone on something at work, at home, at school, or wherever, the …

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Counterintuitive Thoughts and Paradoxes

Counterintuitive Thoughts and Paradoxes There’s nothing like a good paradox or counterintuitive thought to help stimulate someone’s thinking (and leadership growth). So here are five of my favorites: “The Best Way to Get Something Done Is by NOT Working on It” – This is about the art, science, and practice of delegation. If a leader …

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Types of Intelligence

Types of Intelligence There’s an interesting 9 minute video over at BigThink.com. It’s titled, “There are 8 classes of intelligence. Which are you?“ The Description: Although the title says there are 8 classes of intelligence, as you’ll hear, developmental psychologist Dr. Howard Gardner, actually discusses the whys and wherefores of 10 of them: linguistic intelligence …

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Getting a Seat at the Table

Getting a Seat at the Table No doubt you attend more meetings than you probably care to. And no doubt, many of those meetings aren’t always the best use of your time. So, to suggest that there are some meetings that you’d actually want to attend must seem pretty absurd. But it’s not. Types of …

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Do You Have the Courage To Be Exceptional?

Do You Have the Courage To Be Exceptional? Consulting giant McKinsey&Company issued a white paper called, “What makes a CEO ‘exceptional’?” where they assessed the ‘early moves’ of CEOs with outstanding track records. In reading it, I couldn’t help wonder the extent to which their findings were equally applicable for ‘non-CEOs’ making ‘non-early movers’, as …

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