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Habitual Skepticism:
Eliminate the “Not-Invented-Here” Syndrome

Leaders with habitual skepticism are not hard to spot: they suffer with the “not-invented-here” syndrome, habitually skeptical of the ideas of others. I’ve been writing about the types, causes, and ways to defeat skepticism. What I’ve found in my coaching practice is that the best leaders know that they don’t have all the answers—no one does—and […]
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Defeat Leadership Skepticism:
Shake Personal Bias

Can we really defeat unhealthy leadership skepticism? As I shared in my last post, skepticism is a logical and rational challenge of ideas to get to the reality or truth about a specific issue. But the typical impression we have of skepticism pertains to a close-minded, doubtful, and hard-to-convince mentality. This often stems from a fear […]
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Defeating Leadership Skepticism

Should we be defeating leadership skepticism? Skepticism takes on several forms; some are advantageous, and some are detrimental. In its truest sense, skepticism is a logical and rational challenge of ideas to get to the reality or truth about a specific issue. Leaders with such a constructive, critical eye possess a positive strength, especially in a fast-paced […]
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What Causes Fear of Failure?

I’ve been discussing leaders’ challenges and a big one is fear of failure, even though many refuse to admit to anyone they might feel it. Robert Kelsey, author of What’s Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don’t Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can (Capstone, 2012), offers some background on causes. I think he offers […]
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10 Tips for Improving Intuitive Thinking

None of us starts a career with the expertise we need. We learn as we go, we develop the intuitive thinking skills we need. Some of us broaden our skills better than others because we pay attention, notice what works and what doesn’t, and build a repertoire of experiences (both good and bad). So how […]
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What Exactly Is Intuition and How Can It Help Make Sound Decisions?

While some enjoy promoting its seemingly magical qualities, intuition isn’t some mysterious gift or touchy-feely psychic ability. There’s science behind it, which means you can learn how to leverage your intuition for optimum results. We need to treat intuition as a strength that can be acquired and expanded by building—and making better use of—a rich […]
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Business Decisions: What Are You Not Noticing?

As a leader, you’re responsible for making key business decisions each day. But how confident are you in your ability to notice all pertinent information? If you’re like most leaders, you probably believe your perception skills are keen. As convinced as you may be, it’s possible that you’re overestimating your aptitude. “Leaders often fail to […]
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Business Decisions: Is There a Gorilla on the Court?

When you’re charged with making important business decisions, how good are you at noticing all details? If you play a sport, you’ve probably trained yourself to watch the ball carefully and to predict where it’s going. But do you focus so intently you miss other important data? In several popular YouTube videos, people are entertained […]
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Innovative Leaders: How Well Do You Know Your Customers?

Why are some leaders innovative, and others not so much? Over the past week I’ve been reading innovation expert Scott D. Anthony’s The Little Black Book of Innovation: How It Works, How to Do It (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011): Best practices for innovation in organizations suggest four distinct phases: Discover opportunities with customers. Organize […]
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Leaders Must Face the Enemies of Innovation

Innovation isn’t limited to R&D units, marketing departments or special committees. Everyone should adopt an innovation mindset because ideas can come from any corner of the organization. Yet for many leaders, this requires an adjustment or two. While it’s easy to encourage people to come up with innovative ideas, most leaders must face the enemies […]
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