One of my friends who is a writer had some great advice for me, and I thought I’d share it with you here. In fact, it left such an impact on me that it even changed the way I write. We were talking about one’s understanding of facts versus opinions and I loved his perspective on the subject. He said that when he used to share more facts with people, they would always want to debate his findings with him. But when he changed to sharing his experiences more often, people stopped debating him as often and began listening more. This is because people cannot debate that which has happened to you. That is why your story is so powerful. [Read more…] about People Can’t Argue with Your Experiences
One of your top responsibilities as a leader is to have people think for themselves. Removing obstacles for employees yourself only goes so far. So before telling people what to do next time, try asking them more questions. Voltaire said, “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” and his words most definitely apply to leaders. Asking great questions forces your team to think about coming up with better solutions, rather than forcing you to feed your team answers all the time. And the more people thinking about solutions, while having a common goal in mind, the better off you and your team are.One of your top responsibilities as a leader is to have people think for themselves. Click To Tweet
It’s both thrilling and distracting – we’re bombarded with information, and can access a rich mix of information instantly – books, articles, newscasts, podcasts, videos, movies, radio channels, streaming music. Any time we’re faced with something hard or that requires sustained concentration we can “jump” to something easier and more appealing in the moment.
A friend observed that we used to build remarkable buildings and works of art and have long attention spans before the advent of television, Facebook, YouTube, and video games.
I advocate leaders “unplug” periodically but the real leadership skill now is being selective. Leaders need to tune into the better signals, and dial down the noise. Leaders must be consciously choosy about information input in order to lead wisely.
Here are seven questions to help you decide what’s worth consuming, and what should be skipped: [Read more…] about Better Signal, Less Noise