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3 Types of Problems To Start Paying More Attention To

Whether you call them ‘opportunities’ or ‘problems’, there are 3 main types: The problems/opportunities you recognize, as such, and do something positive with The problems/opportunities you recognize, as such, but still get the better of you The problems/opportunities you completely don’t see or can’t change I assert that you’ll benefit from all three… but I …

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“Shisa Kanko” for Leaders

Japanese rail workers routinely point at signs as they read them aloud. The practice is called shisa kanko and, according to a study conducted by the Japan Railway Technical Research Institute, it has enabled a MAJOR improvement in occupational safety – as in reducing unforced errors by 85%!!! It works like this: Apparently, merely engaging one’s eyes, …

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Leadership Move #26: Explain the ‘Why?’

Who hasn’t overheard this type of conversation between a boss and employee: Boss: Do this. Employee: Why? Boss: Because I say so. Given this reality, no wonder employee morale and engagement is so often as low as it is! Sure, there are times when a crisis or tight deadline might require extreme employee responsiveness, but …

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Leadership Move #24: Micromanage…YOURSELF!

No one likes to be micromanaged. It implies a lack of trust. And a lack of respect. And a seeming belief that you just can’t get things done on your own. Why would anyone LIKE that?! Many (most?) people, it turns out, don’t. Truth vs. Perception Consider a classic case of micromanaging: Someone gets an …

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Leadership Move #6: Encourage Intelligent Debate

As a leader, the pressure to have all the answers is relentless. But trying to live up to that unrealistic expectation, in real-time, is likely more career-limiting than you realize. The Failings of ‘Boss-as-Expert’ It doesn’t take long to realize that always trying to be ‘the smartest person in the room’ can only lead to …

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Leadership Move #4: Get Things Done by *NOT* Working on Them

  Some ideas improve when we restate them in an upside down manner. To that end, several years ago I wrote a piece titled, “Capable of Doing versus Paid to Do.” The idea behind it is that while there are probably a lot of things you’re able  to do at work, there are some things …

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