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Why Great Leaders Stay Curious – According To Some Great Leaders

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“Look out the window and see what is visible but not yet seen” – Peter Drucker.

Ask anyone to describe a leader; chances are you will get replies like strong, charismatic, decisive, and excellent communicators. All these define a good leader, no doubt; however, the essence of true leadership is not in these traits. Below are some examples of notable leaders that do not possess those traits at all;

1. Jeff Bezos – the CEO of Amazon, has revolutionized retailing and business, but he does not attract attention because of his commanding appearance.

2. Sheryl Sandberg – the COO of Facebook, is a visionary leader who is changing the role women play in the world, but in her demeanor, she seems modest and quiet.

3. Stephen Hawking – was one of the world’s greatest scientists and transformative thought leaders, yet he suffered from physical limitations.

We can both agree that these people are prominent leaders, and they have a lot in common. They are empathetic and intelligent. However, they share one great trait; Curiosity. They are all extremely curious people.

This old saying “curiosity killed the cat” is usually used to warn people against sticking their nose into business that might get them into trouble. On the contrary, as a leader, curiosity is one of the most valuable tools you can have. “Welcome to the era of the curious leader, where success may be less about having all the answers and more about wondering and questioning,” said Warren Berger, author of the book A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry To Spark Breakthrough Ideas, writes in HBR.

Curiosity inspires leaders to continually seek out fresh ideas and approaches needed to keep them abreast of change and stay ahead of their competitors. During one of his researches, Berger says, he found that the most innovative leaders used curiosity “as a starting point to reinventing the entire industry. We can take a cue from Jeff Bezos. “From early on in Amazon’s life, we knew we wanted to create a culture of builders — curious people and explorers. They like to invent,” Bezos said in his annual letter to shareholders published in April. Jeff places great importance on time spent to explore curiosity.

When asked in an interview with CNNMoney, what makes the best CEOs? Jill Ader responded: “With a less knowable, less predictable world, we need really curious leaders.” In other speeches, she explained with the points below how highly curious people engage the world, their teams, and colleagues differently:

  • They assume less.
  • Ask more, different, and better questions.
  • They value not just what people think, but what they feel.
  • They listen intently to the answers they receive.

Curious leaders tend to see things from a fresh perspective. Most of them bring a ‘beginner’s mind’ approach to old problems and stubborn challenges. They continually examine and re-examine their assumptions and practices, asking deep, penetrating, and speculative questions like ‘Why,’ ‘What if,’ and ‘How.’ According to Arder, the most significant mindset shift is curiosity. If you get more curious, if you ignite your curiosity, you will be more interested in different, unique views. Driving success in today’s incredibly complex world has never been more challenging. It is a leaders’ core sense of curiosity that promises to unlock the barriers best and push the boundaries of knowledge and performance well into the future.

Every day offers new opportunities to listen to different ideas, learn new things, and try something different. We all have the potential of being curious, start building your leadership today only by being curious.

 

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The Truth About Time Management: It’s Not About Time

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We’ve all heard the expression, “There aren’t enough hours in the day.” In truth, we’ve likely all said it at some point. Time management is a struggle for everybody, but especially entrepreneurs, CEOs, and founders.

Interestingly, some people seem to get more out of our 24 hours each day than others. As author Idowu Koyenikan said, the key to making the most of our hours isn’t time management—it’s life management. People who do it successfully balance the things they love with tasks they need to complete to maintain a well-rounded, satisfying life.

To-do lists or any one of the countless books on time management can help you achieve this balance, but things will eventually fall apart unless you make a habit of productivity—and stick to it. This might mean writing down your top priorities for the day or week, using a productivity app, or creating a plan that works best.

The Truth About Time Management for CEOs

When it comes to time management skills and techniques, business leaders are among the worst offenders. This typically happens because of the nature of leadership positions. These individuals are driven by the feeling that they have to do everything or have all the answers. On average, they’re also responsible for a lot: CEOs work 9.7 hours per weekday and spend 79 percent of weekend days and 70 percent of their vacation days working.

Success doesn’t come from adding countless tasks to your calendar and putting in the longest possible hours. It comes from purposeful, intentional work, which means managing your time more effectively to focus on what matters. To get there, business leaders have to reset their time-management expectations.

Only using productivity tools doesn’t lead to better time management—developing concrete time-management skills does.

How Are You Managing Your Time?

While CEOs and business leaders have countless resources at their disposal, they frequently lack time. Here are four steps to improve your time-management skills and techniques to maximize the time you do have: continue reading…

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Why You Should Have A Website And Not Just Rely On Social Media

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No one could have predicted just how revolutionary social media would be when MySpace started gaining followers in the early 2000s. Even in 2006, when Facebook and Twitter became widely available to the global population, there were still lingering doubts about its longevity and potential as a profit-making vehicle.

In retrospect, it makes sense: after the meteoric rise and crushing fall of the 90s dot com bubble, it was still very much open to interpretation as to whether this new wave of interactive media would be able to survive (let alone thrive) into the future.

We know differently today.

As of early 2019, there were 4.2 billion internet users, of which 3.397 billion were active on social media.

To put this even further into perspective, consider that, on average, every one of those users owns 5.54 social media accounts and spends 116 minutes a day scrolling their news-feeds or chatting with friends.

And those mind-boggling numbers are still growing. Three hundred twenty million new profiles were created between September 2017 and October 2018, which works out to 10 new social media users every second. This figure alone is almost double the average number of human births per second.

That’s right. Social media growth is outstripping the global human birth rate.

You Do Not Own Social Media

We get it. Starting a Facebook page for your small business when you don’t have much working capital seems like a much smarter option than stumping up for a website. Not only is it free, it can also put you in touch with pretty much everybody you’d like to sell to. If you’re a local-oriented biz you can make a point of highlighting your location or some other specific selling point.  Continue reading…

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