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The Leadership Jigsaw

Don't have a free agent attitude. You must be accountable for your actions. You must be accountable to someone and for something. You need to find alignment with a cause or be the cause. You need to submit. You need to be connected to someone. You need to find position in an authority and adhere to the common cause and vision. There is no middle ground-either you in or out. Everyone is moving in the same direction. Against me or for me. People are at the side of you, behind you, front of you. You need to cover their back. There is a need for transparency, humility , responsibility, accountability. No place for selfish desires.

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs raised their kids tech-free — and it should’ve been a red flag

Seth Wenig / Reuters • Interviews with Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and other tech elites consistently reveal that Silicon Valley parents are strict about technology use. • A new book suggests the signs may have been clear years ago that smartphone use should be regulated. • There may be a way to integrate tech into the classroom, however, that avoids its harmful effects. Psychologists are quickly learning how dangerous smartphones can be for teenage brains. Research has found that an eighth-grader's risk for depression jumps 27% when he or she frequently uses social media. Kids who use their phones for at least three hours a day are much more likely to be suicidal. And recent research has found the teen suicide rate in the US now eclipses the homicide rate, with smartphones as the driving force. But the writing about smartphone risk may have been on the wall for roughly a decade, according to educators Joe Clement and Matt Miles, coauthors of the recent book "Screen Schooled: Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Overuse is Making Our Kids Dumber." It should be telling, Clement and Miles argue, that the two biggest tech figures in recent history - Bill Gates and Steve Jobs - seldom let their kids play with the very products they helped create. "What is it these wealthy tech executives know about their own products that their consumers don't?" the authors wrote. The answer, according to a growing body of evidence, is the addictive power of digital technology. 'We limit how much technology our kids use at home' In 2007, Gates, the former CEO of Microsoft, implemented a cap on screen time when his daughter started developing an unhealthy attachment to a video game. He also didn't let his kids get cell phones until they turned 14. (Today,

10 Easy Wins to Keep You Motivated When You’re Tempted to Quit

Addicted to Success 1. Take it easy (productivity) 2. Who you calling lazy? (fitness) 3. Your body is a temple (health) 4. Put your mind to it (mental) 5. Friends are forever (social) 6. You deserve a break today (leisure) 7. Blood is thicker than water (family) 8. We only get one earth (sustainability) 9. Pigsties aren’t a great place to work or live (cleanliness) 10. Wildcard  

Follow up Commitment

This article was grabbed from a Business Insider update. The part of the article that related to sales is the part where Tony Robbins mentions "I didn't leave the meeting without an action item for the future," Robbins told Altucher. This reminds me of the tip on sales where I mention that you need to leave the prospect with some kind of commitment before the follow up meeting. On an episode of The James Altucher Show, performance coach and bestselling author Tony Robbins shared a simple trick that helps him stay productive. "Whenever I come up with a decision or goal — whenever I make a decision that matters — I immediately take some kind of action that commits me to follow through." That action could be as simple as sending an email or scheduling a meeting. It's a way of sticking to that decision while he's still super excited about it, Robbins explained. Otherwise, he might lose momentum and never make any progress toward his goal. Robbins said he put this tip into action recently, when he was in a meeting about buying a particular company and potentially combining it with another company. When the meeting time was up, he was being rushed to go to his next appointment — but before he left the first meeting, he made sure to call the company representative and schedule a meeting with him. "I didn't leave the meeting without an action item for the future," Robbins told Altucher. Here's why: "When you get in state, when you're excited about something, you're ready to do it, you're inspired, or you got the plan, and then you don't do something in that moment, you lose your momentum. You end up someplace else. Something distracts you." Robbins' observation about being "in state"

Why do people procrastinate?

1. Fear of the task If a person is too afraid to do a certain task, his mind might resist doing it by forcing him to procrastinate. 2. Fear of failure If a person is too afraid of failure, his mind might let him procrastinate to avoid taking the test or doing the task. By doing so, the brain thinks that it's protecting the person. 3. Not being tolerant of the unpleasant emotions connected to a task If a person does not tolerate the unpleasant feelings (Why­do­we­have­emotions) he gets when he does a certain task, his mind might let him procrastinate to avoid doing the unpleasant task. 4. Fear of taking responsibility If a person is too afraid to take responsibility, his mind might let him procrastinate to avoid doing the task he is afraid to handle. 5. To justify failure The brain sometimes does the trick of forcing a person to study in the last minute in order to help him justify bad grades if he got him. By doing so, the brain ensures that the self worth of the person won't be impacted by the bad grades. 6. They were raised by authoritative parents A study has shown that authoritative parents and parents who are very strict with their children usually raise children who have self regulation issues. 7. Wrong beliefs about the right time and the right moment Many of the people who procrastinate believe in waiting for the right moment and the right time to do a task, but because life is unpredictable and sometimes totally random, waiting for that moment usually results in procrastination. 8 To rebel against authority In one theory, procrastination can be the person's way of rebelling against authority, usually the authoritative parent who is trying to force him to get certain tasks done. 9. Fear of success Fear of success is one cause

Stephen Covey’s 4 Intelligences

Covey’s concept is interesting because it deals with all four parts of human nature: body, mind, heart, and spirit. Here are the 4 intelligences: Physical intelligence (PQ) Our ability to maintain and develop our physical fitness. It corresponds to body. Mental intelligence (IQ) Our ability to analyze, reason, think abstractly, use language, visualize, and comprehend. It corresponds to mind. Emotional intelligence (EQ) Our self-knowledge, self-awareness, social sensitivity, empathy and ability to communicate successfully with others. It corresponds to heart. Spiritual intelligence (SQ) Our drive for meaning and connection with the infinite. It corresponds to spirit. I like this concept of intelligence because it clearly shows that we need to develop and balanceallparts of our life, something I firmly believe. Do you know which of the 4 intelligences is considered the most important by Covey? The answer is spiritual intelligence. Why? Because spiritual intelligence “becomes the source of guidance of the other three”.

Simple tool to use when you hate your job but don’t know what to do instead

Via Business Insider The only thing worse than hating your day job is feeling like you can't quit because you have no idea what other job — if any — would make you happier. Bill Burnett and Dave Evans call this all-too-common quandary being "stuck." And the best way to get "unstuck," they say, is to create a mind map. Together, Burnett and Evans teach a course called "Designing Your Life" at Stanford University's design program; in 2016, they published a book by the same name. In the book, the authors explain how to create a mind map and why it works. A mind map is the tangible result of a game of free association related to your career. Here's how to start: Step 1: Pick a topic Choose one thing that gives you pleasure. (If you've kept a Good Time Journal, or any record of the work responsibilities you enjoy, choose one of those activities.) Step 2: Write down five or six things related to the original idea Use the very first things that come to mind. Repeat this process of free association with the words in the second ring, and keep going until you have at least three rings of words. Give yourself five minutes, tops, to complete the first two steps. Step 3: Make secondary connections Circle a few words in the outer ring that stand out to you. Now try to mash them together into new ideas. Here's what a completed mind map might look like:   As you can see, some of the word association threads didn't go anywhere. But if you mash together the circled words, "English class," "actress," "grade school," and "tweens," you come up with … junior high school theater teacher! Or, maybe the person who made this (hypothetical) mind map could stay at their

Napoleon Hill and “Decisions”

To quote Hill "The great leaders of the world were men and women of quick decision." "The suspense of indecision drives millions of people to failure." "Imagination, alone, is not enough to insure success. Millions of people have imagination and build plans that would easily bring them both fame and fortune, but those plans never reach the DECISION stage." "The man of DECISION cannot be stopped! The man of INDECISION cannot be started! Take your own choice." Before you can achieve any level of success in any undertaking, you must first make a firm DECISION to do so.

Time to remove the digital dust from your LinkedIn profile – the network is about to become invaluable in 2017

You can access the full Article from Inc by John Nemo When it comes to LinkedIn, you must build a profile that talks about what your clients want, and then shows them how working with you helps them get it. Here's the big problem with that: Your ideal clients, your ideal prospects and your ideal customers could care less about you! Instead, they are far more concerned with themselves - with solving their most pressing professional problems and pain points. To really make yourself appealing on LinkedIn, you must create what I call a "client-facing" profile.