Violence and Force Are Weakness

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I got the belt a few times when I was kid. A couple of the very old nuns at Catholic school used the wooden paddle to punish me for leaving the school grounds to get lunch in eighth grade. I am certain I deserved more than I ever received when it comes to corporal punishment. I … [Read more...]

Four Diseases That Weaken Leaders

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Here are four diseases that weaken leaders and damage their ability to produce results through others. Inability to Control Your Own State: If you want to prove that you have no real power, lose your temper and fly off the handle. An inability to control your own state is a sign … [Read more...]

11 Observations

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If you are going to be successful, you are going to have to work with people with whom you disagree. The more effectively you can do so, the better leader you become. The fastest and easiest way to get what you need from somebody is to help them get what they need. What they … [Read more...]

Selling Is Persuasion, Not Force

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This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet. Your client’s contract is up. You need the renewal. But your client is dragging … [Read more...]