11-20-13 Know Thyself OracleofDelphiWeb  

 

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How Leaders Judge a Presentation

The association that hired me to deliver the leadership keynote earlier that day also asked me to moderate Rick’s afternoon session. Rick was a good HR leader, but a terrible presenter. The squinting audience needed binoculars to read his crowded “slides.” His meandering and monotone voice was a lullaby to heavy eyelids.

Rick droned . . . → Read More: How Leaders Judge a Presentation

How to Give and Take Criticism

Several years ago, I had dinner with two friends to discuss a major career decision. As soon as they started asking difficult questions about my assumptions and thinking process, I became defensive. I feigned openness to their caring criticism, but internally I shut down.

It’s taken me years to realize that I went into . . . → Read More: How to Give and Take Criticism

The Grayness of Persistence!

How often have you needed to push yourself – to persist – through tough times or in order to complete a difficult project? Effective leaders know that it’s impossible to accomplish great things without overcoming great obstacles. Commanding leaders persist because they know where there’s a WALL there’s a way.  They fill their hearts . . . → Read More: The Grayness of Persistence!

Execution - How Effective Leaders Achieve Strategic Goals

Execution = Vision and Action

“Dave, tell me how you would facilitate our off-site senior management meeting?” Kurt was a no-nonsense CEO of a west coast commercial bank, with an MBA from Harvard.

 

“What happens at the meeting depends on what you want to happen after the meeting,” I replied. “I . . . → Read More: Execution – How Effective Leaders Achieve Strategic Goals

How Leaders Choose to Use Feedback

I heard the whining engine and screeching tires a split second before the white Miata flew around the curve. I jumped off my bike and watched as the petrified driver wrestled with the wheel. But the next curve came too fast. The driver and sports car disappeared over the edge. I hopped on my . . . → Read More: How Leaders Choose to Use Feedback