Play Up: Thoughts from Josh Linkner

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Imagine you step onto a tennis court, facing a partner that’s at least 50% better than you.

As you volley back-and-forth, you notice the precision of your shots, the power of your serve, and the intensity of your game. Your stronger opponent has raised your level of play, helping you push to new heights of performance.

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A Scientific Guide to Saying “No”: How to Avoid Temptation and Distraction

I love this quick and easy way to use the research:monkey

A Scientific Guide to Saying “No”: How to Avoid Temptation and Distraction – – The Buffer Blog.

Companies Drain Women’s Ambition After Only 2 Years – HBR

This is interesting although discouraging data, but likely not surprising to many. What has been your experience been like?
I’d love to hear about exceptions to this, and, the reasons you think they have occurred.

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Companies Drain Women’s Ambition After Only 2 Years – HBR.

Harness Your Peak Activity Window

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This is something I talk to clients about all the time: the idea that becoming aware of, and then utilizing your natural energy patterns to their maximum advantage will help you be more productive and more effective.

Josh Linkner gives some simple, easy to understand examples here:

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Have you done a personal energy study lately?

How to Get the Feedback You Need – HBR

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You know you need feedback to learn and grow, yet most people are not good at asking for it.

While receiving feedback can be “a stressful experience,” here are some great ideas about specifically how and why we should request it more often:

How to Get the Feedback You Need – HBR.

The secret ingredient that makes some teams better than others | ideas.ted.com

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“It’s the mortar, not just the bricks, that makes a building strong. The mortar, in a strong team, is social capital: mutual reliance, an underlying sense of connectedness that builds trust.”
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Here’s something amazing from Margaret Heffernan, who is widely regarded as one of the most successful women business leaders in the world.

Essay: The secret ingredient that makes some teams stronger than others

The secret ingredient that makes some teams better than others | ideas.ted.com.

Here also is a link to my previous interview with her on my radio show, “The Leadership Focus.”

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-leadership-focus-radio-show/2011/03/02/women-in-leadership-series-a-different-take-on-leadership-today-with-margaret-heffernan

A Story from Google Shows You Don’t Need Power to Drive Strategy – HBR

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A Story from Google Shows You Don’t Need Power to Drive Strategy – HBR.

A great article about positioning from within the organization for power, regardless of formal position or title.

Learning and Unlearning – Josh Linkner – Speaker, Author, VC and Entrepreneur

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Josh Linkner, who is one of my favorite authors has done it again. Here’s a great blog post that every leader should read and think about.

What are you ready to unlearn?

Learning and Unlearning – Josh Linkner – Speaker, Author, VC and Entrepreneur.

Why Remote Work Thrives in Some Companies and Fails in Others – HBR

I think the author, Sean Graber, co-founder and CEO of Virtuali really nailed it in this article. What would you add?
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Why Remote Work Thrives in Some Companies and Fails in Others – HBR.

The trait that makes women great leaders

Here’s a thought-provoking article from today’s Fortune Magazine.

I love the idea of scrapping the “hard” and “soft” leadership skills, (often implying that “soft” is less substantial or less powerful), and replacing this with “hot” and “cool” leadership styles.

What do you think?

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The trait that makes women great leaders – Fortune.