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Great Ideas! Peter Drucker's "The Five Most Important Questions Yo...

Great Ideas! Peter Drucker's "The Five Most Important Questions Yo...
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Leader 101 Hope: Soda Begets Zombies So soda consumption might not actually rot your brain, causing the uncontrollable desire to consume others. But calories devoid of micronutrients might have a behavioral consequence, and the sugary variety of soda might well be causing depression in those vulnerable to fructose malabsorption. Have a look at my previous post on the subject . Today I have a mere observational study that adds to a pile of evidence that soda ain't the best thing in the world to be drinking, behaviorally speaking. " The Twinkie Defense: the relationship between carbonated non-diet soft drinks and violence perpetration among Boston high school students ." Some bad news about behavior and soda, associatively speaking: In Norwegian adolescents, soda consumption correlated with poor mental health. The experimental design of the Boston soda study was pretty simple. Heavy soda drinkers had similar BMIs to less heavy soda drinkers, and were no more likely to have less than six hours sleep. Image credit

Goal Setting PowerPoint PPT Content Modern Sample How to Master Situational Leadership There is a saying repeated often in the U.S. Army: “Where you stand is where you sit.” It means, in essence, that your perspective depends on the position you occupy in an organization. When 19th century general Braxton Bragg was serving simultaneously as a company commander and company quartermaster—the officer tasked with approving requisitions—he famously wrote a memo in his commander role requesting resources, then wrote a memo as quartermaster refusing that order. Bragg-as-commander appealed, was again refused by Bragg-as-quartermaster, and finally Bragg requested that the post commander intervene and settle the dispute. Bragg represented an extreme case, but in making each of these decisions, he was looking out for the interests of his team. "You’ve got to be very, very careful not to do the job you used to do, but the job that you’re there to do." For Col. Think: Two Up/Two Down In the U.S. “When I get my assignment, I not only have to understand my mission,” Halloran says.

The Paul Principle Not long after he took the helm of General Electric in the early 1980’s, Jack Welch had his Eureka! moment. Just like Archimedes, Welch was bathing when he decided that GE would quit doing business in all industries in which they could not be the number-one or number-two players. It was that decision more than any other that is credited for positioning GE as the belle of the ball for the remainder of Welch’s corporate tenure. But I think the secret to the success of Welch’s decision was less about his insight than his ability to implement that insight. The Paul Principle states that progress in virtually every area of life and work depends directly on our ability to consistently and frequently rob from Peter to pay Paul. Think about the experience of buying a car. Mary Frances Luce of Duke’s Fuqua School of Business has discovered that robbing from Peter to pay Paul is in fact so emotionally jarring that people engage in all sorts of mental gymnastics to avoid it.

Self Reliance RX-121 Gundam TR-1 (Hazel) The RX-121 Gundam TR-1 [Hazel] is a Mobile Suit from the Gundam Universal Century time-line. It was featured in the photo-novel and manga Advance of Zeta: The Flag of Titans. Technology & Combat Characteristics The RX-121 Gundam TR-1 [Hazel] is a functional test machine assigned to the Murphy team, based upon the GM Quel. It was equipped with a Gundam head in order to test its psychological effectiveness against Zeon remnants, though it was actually modified from an existing GM-Quel head instead of a true RX-type Gundam head. Its beam rifle is a prototype version of the energy pack type which the next generation of machines are expected to carry, and this machine has also been used in the development and testing of other devices such as the shield booster. The Hazel's most distinctive equipment is the shield booster, which contains propellant tanks and a single thruster with an output of 22,000 kg. Armaments 60mm Vulcan gun Beam saber XBR-M84a Beam Rifle Shield Booster Dual Shield Booster

The Strategic Pyramid What’s the difference between a mission and a vision? How’s a purpose different from a goal? Does the corporate mission last forever, or does it change over time? If you’re confused about any or all of these, it’s not your fault. Here’s a simple model that puts the major concepts of the last 20 years into a clearly defined hierarchy. Notice in the pyramid that mission and vision are on the same level. That’s it. image credit: wikipedia.com Collaborative Style of Leadership There are probably hundreds of definitions of leadership. However, at its essence, leadership is influencing others to accomplish results. Leadership is not so much about what you do and accomplish on your own. It is about what you are able to help others accomplish. It is about how you are able to influence other people to raise their level of performance to new and better heights and contribute more than they previously thought possible. In 1978 a biographer by the name of James McGregor Burns wrote a book entitled Leadership, in which he described the lives of people he felt were world class leaders—Ghandi, Mao, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Stalin and Hitler. According to Burns, power-wielders impose external control on their followers. Transformational leaders, on the other hand, care about the needs and interests of their followers as well as their own. Expanding on Burn’s theme, I want to introduce a two dimensional model of leadership behavior. Four Styles of Leadership

Being a Good Quitter Makes You a Good Entrepreneur When we look at successful entrepreneurs, it may appear that they spend their lives relentlessly driving towards a singular goal. We assume the path to success was a straight shot, lined with mile markers throughout. In fact, it wasn’t. Finding the optimal path, that is, doing only the stuff that matters most and quitting the rest, is paramount to an entrepreneur’s success. Lesson 3: Quit to win Every week, I meet with entrepreneurs who are lit up with passion for their business. I usually find myself interrupting the barrage of lofty plans and ask, “So what’s most important right now? Prioritization is an entrepreneur’s most important responsibility. Instead of trying to do everything all at once, the start-up CEO needs to focus on what really matters. The size of your next step depends proportionally on the size of your company. Just make sure to match the size of your next step with the size of your company. See part 1 here and part 2 here of this 3-part series.

The Art of Letter Writing: The Sympathy Note Source: Life Of all the letters you will write during your life, the sympathy note is arguably the hardest to pen. It can be very difficult to find the right words, or any words really, to say. And they probably do. Awhile ago, Kate and I lost our baby when Kate was 6 months pregnant. So the first rule about sympathy notes is to always write one. How to Write a Sympathy Note Use nice stationery. Keep it short and simple. Start off by expressing your sadness at hearing about the death. Share a memory. If you didn’t know the person your friend lost, then skip this step. Don’t try to explain the loss. Don’t compare your loss with theirs. Show your solidarity. Close by offering your help. Example: Dear Leo- I was so sorry to hear about the death of your mother, Nancy. I know how devastating it is to lose your mom. I am thinking and praying for you every day. With Deepest Sympathy, Rob

AirDrop House: Sustainable housing solution for flood-hit areas Conceived by architect Andrew Maynard and his team, the AirDrop House is a sustainable housing solution for flood-hit areas. The tiny houses made from dried sponge-like material could be dropped onto the affected areas by standard military aircrafts. The instant floating abodes expand up to a seven meters diameter from original one-meter diameter as soon as it contacts water. It slowly soaks up water and swells into a self-sustaining temporary house. The floating houses come with embedded seeds that sprout over time to create a green roof – a food-producing covering. Via: Inhabitat

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