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Leadership Tips: Vol. 114

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Up with Betas. Leadership coach Dana Ardi advocates dumping the command-and-control, Alpha model of governance. Becoming a Beta leader and building a Beta workplace mean changing ingrained behaviors. But, she adds, “I’m not saying it’s easy—only that it’s essential!”

— Adapted from The Fall of the Alphas, Dana Ardi, St. Martin’s Press.

Perfect yourself. Asked why people excel, most of us say hard work or ­talent. Both are wrong. Excellence de­­­mands a specific kind of effort called “deliberate practice” that’s gruel­­ing and fueled by desire. Ben­­ja­­min Franklin did it through courses of self-­improvement, and comedian Chris Rock did it with 18 warm-up shows before a performance at Madi­­son Square Garden.

— Adapted from Talent is Overrated, Geoff Colvin, Portfolio.

Excuse me? In case you’re using expressions such as “Pardon me?” because you’re afraid of setting a bad example, never fear. Dutch linguists have established “Huh?” as a universal question in 10 languages on five continents.

— Adapted from “The Syllable Everyone Recog­­nizes,” Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times.


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