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In times of change—which is pretty much all the time—you need to make yourself visible to your people.
Rudolf Vrba had stunning intelligence, a photographic memory and mastery of five languages. But it wasn’t his brains that made him a leader. It was his determination to save people from the Nazis.
A goal, says business guru Ken Blanchard, is just a signpost on your way to your ultimate destination. Once you’ve reached it, it fades from importance. A vision, on the other hand:
When he was pulled up from the minor leagues in 1951, Willie Mays told New York Giants manager Leo Durocher that he didn’t think he was ready to play in the majors. Nonsense, Durocher said.
Companies led by chief executives with military experience have beaten the S&P 500 Index over the past three, five and 10 years by up to 20 percentage points, says a study by executive search firm Korn/Ferry International.
Kelly Slater, the greatest surfer of all time, was kicking back, basking in his celebrity and putting his private life in order a few years ago when challenger Andy Irons came along and snatched the world title away in 2002.
Nicole Alvino always knew that someday, she’d own her own business. An Enron employee with degrees in economics and Japanese, Alvino had already planned on attending business school when the energy company imploded, and her professors encouraged her to strike out on her own. She just needed an idea.
Lynda Lovejoy, who will face the incumbent president of the Navajo Nation in next month’s tribal election, is up against more than a runoff. She’s also challenging a cultural taboo against women leaders.
You can “trick” yourself into meeting a tough goal in two ways:
Late in World War II, when the tide had turned against Germany, Adolf Hitler tried to lift the spirits of his generals, his soldiers and the public by claiming that “secret weapons” were under development that would win the war quickly. The weapons were coming soon, he told everyone. The problem: No such weapons existed.
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