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  • Affirm People in Introductions

    #10 Introduce People with Affirming Statements – When you make introductions, get in the habit of making a positive comment about the person. The positive comment must be genuine, however. As they say in the southern U.S., “it can’t be Saccharine… it has to be real sugar.” For example, you might introduce Tom by saying “I’d like you to meet Tom. He’s an outstanding engineer.”

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  • Motivate with a Memorable “Vision Phrase” that Matters

    When you communicate a memorable vision phrase that matters, the people you lead will be more motivated to help achieve it.

    Recently I was helping run workshops on leadership at Texas Christian University (TCU), a university of just under 10,000 students based in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU is one of the hottest schools in America. It receives around 20,000 applications a year for 1,800 freshman openings.

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  • Recognize and Affirm Grit

    #9 Recognize and Affirm Grit – Psychologist Angela Duckworth found that affirming people’s day-in-and-day-out passion, work effort and perseverance helped them develop “grit,” a form of tenacity that makes them more effective workers. Be sure to talk about grit, to look for signs of it in others and affirm them for it.

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  • A Lesson in Valuing People

    Oftentimes how a leader reacts in a crisis shines a light on his or her values. Ratan Tata, head of the Tata Group of companies, showed he valued employees and their families as human beings following a terrorist attack on the Tata-owned Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel in Mumbai, India on November 26, 2008, six years ago this week. Mr. Tata had dependents of those employees who were affected flown to Mumbai and housed for three weeks. He personally visited the families of all 80 employees who were affected. He attended the funerals of those who died.

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  • With Connection, Different Stokes for Different Folks

    #7 Different Strokes for Different Folks - This phrase from the past is true when it comes to connection. People have different predispositions when it comes to their sensitivities to feeling connection or its absence. People also respond differently to actions in terms of whether it makes them feel connected or not. Learn about each person and tailor your behaviors to connect based on what you’ve learned about them.

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  • Your Career Will Soar if you Avoid Leaders’ #1 Blind Spot

    Many leaders unknowingly sabotage their careers by wrongly assuming their employees are actively engaged in their work. This lack of understanding about engagement — enthusiasm, effort and enjoyment at work — will eventually affect the bottom line and make the leader look ineffective.

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