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Category: Leading Self

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Jobs at risk for automation

47% of US Jobs at Risk for Automation

  Jobs at risk for automation An Oxford University study conducted by Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne suggests that 47 percent of US jobs are at high risk due to computerization; they could be replaced in the next decade or two. This study was based on a detailed study of 702 occupations, and […]

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We shall not cease from exploration

We Shall Not Cease From Exploration – T.S. Elliot

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. Through the unknown, remembered gate When the last of earth left to discover Is that which was the beginning; At the source of the longest river The […]

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Removing Weaknesses

Removing Weaknesses & Building Strengths

In the U.S., we tend to focus heavily on one or the other: deficits or strengths. A child art prodigy may spend her days in the learning center to become an average speller. A standout soccer player may spend so much time playing that sport and traveling to games that he loses his passion for the game and sports in general. We are a culture of excess, and sometimes that excess can take the joy out of a strength or make a weakness feel overwhelming.

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Ladder of Inference

Ladder of Inference

Organizational psychologist Chris Argyris, a Harvard professor, uses what he calls the “Ladder of Inference” to explain how we take actions based upon beliefs–and how our beliefs, in turn, lead us to select observational data.

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When Death Comes – by Mary Oliver

When Death Comes – by Mary Oliver

When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps his purse shut; when death comes like the measle-pox; when death comes like an iceberg between the shoulder blades, I want to step through the door full of curiosity, […]

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Type II Fun

Type II Fun

As a teenager, I found myself with 16 others on the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Maine in a 30-foot pulling boat with 12-foot swells and no tiller or rudder. The seas were getting rougher and the sky was crackling with lightning and thunder. We were scared, wet, and tired. We were unprotected from […]

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Over functioning and Under functioning

Over-Functioning and Under-Functioning

A business partnership is a system. Sometimes that system resembles a couple or family system. And like any couple or family, there may be one over-functioning and one under-functioning person in the partnership. Often the over-functioning one does a great job of compensating for the other’s dysfunction, but that doesn’t mean that it’s healthy to […]

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Narcissism of small differences

Narcissism Of Small Differences

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” In Snow White, the queen has it all seemingly–privilege, power, wealth, and beauty. She’s just not quite as fair as Snow White. That shouldn’t be a problem, right? Just shrug it off. Take your second place trophy for fairest in the land and […]

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Invisible Leaders

Invisible Leaders

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”–Jonathan Swift As leaders, we can feel too visible–both when things go wrong (and people seek someone to blame) and when things go well (and people want to give us too much credit). More often, though, we don’t feel visible enough. We feel like we’re […]

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Becoming a Leader

Becoming a Leader: Risky Business

Becoming a Leader:  Challenge #13–Learn to Evaluate Risk Risk is part of business, relationships, life, change, you name it. Typically, when you operate inside of your comfort zone, you don’t experience risk nor do you develop the ability to evaluate risk when it is presented. Innovation suffers. Change ceases. The status quo is all-consuming. Insanity: […]

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Becoming a Leader

Becoming a Leader: All-Star vs. High Performance Teams

Becoming a Leader:  Challenge #12–Build Your High Performance Team Trust. Lack of trust will limit the performance of your team more than lack of technical skills. All-star and Pro-bowl games are, well, boring. The top “technical” skills are on the field, but these teams lack the depth that is built over time through a trusting […]

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Friendship & Leadership

Friendship & Leadership

Everyone in the organization need not be friends, and disagreements should, in fact, be encouraged (to improve decision-making), but the culture should be friendly and open. People should feel encouraged to lead and to help define the organization. When people feel encouraged to belong, they will contribute like they do.

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Providing Answers

Providing Answers Is like Eating Sugar

“We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.” ― Santosh Kalwar, Quote Me Everyday You make a vow not to eat sugar. A few minutes pass. Still, no. And then an hour. That is a definitive no! That is an absolute I will not touch the stuff. […]

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5 Minutes Buddhist

5 Minute Buddhist

“The Miracle is not to walk on water. The Miracle is to walk on the green Earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment, feeling truly alive.”  –Thich Nhat Hanh THE 5 MINUTE BUDDHIST (Printable PDF) Harold Ramis produced over 20 movies, most notably Animal House, Caddy Shack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day. He also followed Buddhist teachings. To […]

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Blind Spots & Johari Window

Blind Spots & Johari Window

Blind Spots One of my early Electrical Engineering professors (this was in the early 1980′s) always talked about the knowns, unknowns, known unknowns, and the unknown unknowns (blind spots).  This can also be written as follows: I know I don’t know I know that I don’t know I don’t know that I don’t know Keeping […]

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