Chip has written some great stuff in his book Emotional Equations. He really speaks to this issue of Intrapersonal Intelligence, measuring what makes you happy. I found this TED Talk very enjoyable and thought you would too.
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If your day seems like one long endless meeting, you’re doing something wrong. Kerri Golden has an interesting approach, she declines meetings. The key to her approach is to figure out where she is adding value now.
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When I was out interviewing people, I asked a basic question: What was the most valuable skill you learned to become an effective leader? I was surprised by the answer because I thought that they would reply with something like Delegation as that would have been my reply. What most of them identified as the most important leadership skill was Listening. James Standen did a great job of explaining why this was the case.
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It is never too late to learn and Michael Caron reflects back on what he wishes he had learned earlier as a manager.
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If you’ve ever said this then you’ve doomed yourself as a manager. Lea Cameron explains her perspective on doing things yourself.
In case you need to be reminded, saying thank you is one of the most powerful tools in business. Listen to Anne Avery on this subject.
Derek Fisher comes up with some great theories. (His last one in this blog was on his Convoy Theory.) In this video blog, Derek talks about why he delays making decisions until one really has to be made.
It is perhaps both the most needed and least understood skill in business, that of emotional intelligence. James Standen’s perspective is especially interesting given his engineering background.
I gave a talk recently at MaRS about seven things a manager needs to do to become a leader. If you have too much time on your hands, you might consider watching it.
I asked Derek Fisher what he thought was the greatest skill he learned in being a manager and he said, listening. Surprisingly, his answer was repeated by several other people of whom I asked the same question.