How a great conversation is like a game of catch

As a radio host, Celeste Headlee has engaged in her fair share of discussions and thought a lot about how to bring out the best in a conversational counterpart. One thing she likes to say: A good conversation is like a game of catch. She explains.

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Effective Strategic Leadership, the Complete Guide to Strategic Management by John Adair

It is the role of Strategic leaders to respond to change and external events, establishing a strong organizational structure, allocating resources and communicating strategic vision. As a strategic leader, your decisions may appear more risky, your actions more visible and achieving results more complex than for organizational managers. In Effective Strategic Leadership John Adair teaches you everything you need to know to enable you to be clear about what you want to achieve and to lead with purpose in order to turn your strategy into reality. Among other things, he shows you how to: Judge situations quickly and respond accordingly; Make decisions based on incomplete information; Pick the best second-tier leaders to achieve your objectives.

Develop Your Leadership Skills: 18 Skills That Make A Great Leader by Firas Samri

Leadership skills development is a crucial way but with a good reference, you can be able to achieve your goals of being an effective leader. It’s inevitable to improve your skills since the business needs it in order for you to manage your organization well. Learn how to accept challenges and continue to educate and improve yourself by having self-discipline, embracing failures, knowing how to delegate, setting definite goals and a lot more. Know how to handle your team and make them feel that they are well guided. A good leader also knows the importance of encouraging others and how passion changes one’s perspective. Also, discussed on the chapters are the ways on how to take initiatives and obtain the willingness to admit and learn from failures as well as your weaknesses.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is recognised as one of the most influential books ever written. In this seminal work, Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centred approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity — principles that give us the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. The 7 Habits have become so famous because they work. From Habit 1: Be Proactive and Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind, millions of people have worked their way through the 7 and found in them a key to transforming their lives. It has been the key to the success of legions of business leaders and individuals the world over.

Why you need to focus on Attention

Daniel Goleman explains why attention is like a muscle and you need to exercise it. We have a wealth of information but a scarcity of attention. It’s becoming one of our scarcest resource yet it’s the secret to high performance and fulfilment. For more insights, read his latest book: Focus – the Hidden Driver of Excellence.

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