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Leadership Minute Monday – Power Leaks From Making Assumptions

If assumptions were true, your leadership skills would be as good as it gets.   Have fun with this workout over the summer and I will be back on September 10th with a different flavor of this leadership minute.   “If others tell us something we make assumptions, and if they don’t tell us something we make assumptions to fulfill our need to know and to replace the need to communicate.  Even if we hear something and we don’t understand we make assumptions about what it means and then believe the assumptions.  We make all sort of assumptions because we don’t have the courage to ask questions.” _ Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

How wide is your capacity to be with others?

You are a high performer, a director, a manager, an executive or entrepreneur. You give your all, work hard and deal with people all day, everyday. They all want your guidance, your attention and a piece of you. They all come from different backgrounds with a variety of skills and personalities. You either love them all too much and spread yourself thin or are on the verge of losing it, getting pulled in multiple directions. You even wake up some days wondering how you will deal with all of them again. You want a break and recognition. If only you had it your way, everything would be so much better. Perhaps. Unless you are into dictatorship, having it your way all the time is not a sustainable path to getting ahead in your career. By ruling out people who do not think like you or blaming your performance or results on others, you will find your effectiveness in leadership suffering. One thing I notice all of the greatest leaders we love have in common, is …