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Top 15 Quotes from Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck by Seth Godin

Getting your ducks in a row

‘Getting your ducks in a row is a fine thing to do. But deciding what you are going to do with that duck is a far more important issue.’

Type in ‘Seth’ to any search engine and you’ll find his blog.  Since he started blogging in the early 1990s, Seth Godin has written more than two million words and shaped the way we think about marketing, leadership, careers, inno­vation, creativity, and more.  Made for dipping into again and again, Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck? brings together the very best of Seth Godin’s acclaimed blog and is a classic for fans both old and new.

Collected in his book are six years of his best, most entertaining, and most poignant blog posts, plus a few bonus ebooks.  Be ready though, because Godin writes to get under our skin. He wants us to stand up and do something remarkable, outside the standards of the industrial system that raised us – and he presents an incredibly persuasive case.  It’s time to stop waiting, delaying, and procrastinating and it’s time to start taking action and making change in the world – starting with the piece of the world that has become the stomping ground of your life. Continue reading

Do Nothing!

By J. Keith Murnighan

Do Nothing by J Keith Murnighan

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Book Overview:  According to J. Keith Murnighan, Great leaders don’t do any­thing—except think, make key decisions, help people do their jobs better, and add a touch of organizational control to make sure the final recipes come out okay. In sharp contrast, most leaders are too busy actually working to do these things—and their teams suffer as a result.  Do Nothing!’s practical strategies and true stories will show you how to set high expec­tations for your team and watch it rise to the challenge. It will help you establish a healthier culture by trusting people more than they expect to be trusted. And it will help you overcome your natural tendencies toward micromanagement so you can let people do their jobs—even when you know you could do their jobs better.  As Murnighan writes, “My experience suggests that you will be surprised—wildly surprised. Peo­ple on your team will reveal skills you never knew they had and will accomplish things that go far beyond your estimate of their capabilities. They might not do things the way you would do them, but they will get results you never expected. Every­one has hidden talents, and most leaders never discover them. Before you reject this approach, ask yourself: what if you did nothing and it actu­ally worked?”  Click here for more info!

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Family First, Work Second. The Power of Family Values in Business.

Family first, work second.

The following is an excerpt from Do Nothing! by J. Keith Murnighan:

A few years ago I presented a workshop on negotiation and decision-making strategies to the members of one of the Australian divisions of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).  (This is a wonderful organization of young executives who can turn to one another for guidance, for advice, and sometimes just for an ear.  They are also completely committed to learning as much as they can about leadership.)  Several of the participants traveled from Western Australia to attend our sessions in Sydney, and I had several conversations with one of them.

He was a remarkably conscientious, self-aware leader, and our conversations touched on a variety of topics during the three days of the workshop.  At one point he mentioned that he only hired people who put their family before their jobs; he didn’t want people in his organization if they put their jobs first.  He felt strongly about this, saying that family-first people were the type of individuals he wanted to work with.  He seemed both sincere and enlightened.

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“It is up to you as the leader to make sure that your team mebers feel safe.  You must bend over backwards to make this happen, because team members know that their leaders are always evaluating them and they have perfectly natural fears about the outcome of those evaluations.  You must work doubly hard to help them feel safe: you must treat your team members’ questions and observations as if you love hearing each and every one of them and you must entertain their ideas and even invite them to disagree with you.  You must make it eminently clear that you want them to participate, to question, to comment, and to disagree – and you need to reinforce them when they do.” ~ J. Keith Murnighan, Do Nothing!

“Stated succinctly, partial trust sucks.  When we know we have been trusted only partially, we naturally wonder, ‘Why didn’t he trust me more?’  This natural question reduces our motivation to reciprocate and leads to less long-term commitment to a leader, to a team, and to an organization.  Partial trust sucks in many ways: it is the reverse of flattery and respect and it stimulates lousy outcomes, for everyone.” ~ J. Keith Murnighan, Do Nothing!

“Leaders need to keep a singular focus, each and every day, on their ultimate goals; they need to keep them at the front of their minds as they choose their actions and strategies.  This seems so obvious but, at the same time, incredibly busy days when people are constantly asking for your attention make it easy to lose a central, goal-oriented focus.  Thus, even something as simple as putting a Post-it note that describes your ultimate goals on the corner of your computer screen can help you keep focused and slow you down so that you can facilitate and orchestrate your team’s actions directly toward your ultimate goal.” ~ J. Keith Murnighan, Do Nothing!

“Doing too much is far worse than doing too little.  When leaders do too much, they cannot be as effective or as thoughtful or as strategic as they might otherwise be.  Even worse, their team members are underutilized and underchallenged.  Better team members are also likely to be increasingly angry – because their leader is doing what they could and should and want to be doing.  By not letting good performers do their jobs, on their own, leaders don’t allow their team members to feel proud of what they can do.  The end result is the development of dislike or even hate for a leader who butts in, as well as earning him a reputation for being a control freak and a micromanager.” ~ J. Keith Murnighan, Do Nothing!

Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?

By Seth Godin

Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck by Seth Godin

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Book Overview:  Made for dipping into again and again, Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck? brings together the very best of Seth Godin’s acclaimed blog and is a classic for fans both old and new. ‘Getting your ducks in a row is a fine thing to do. But deciding what you are going to do with that duck is a far more important issue.’ Since he started blogging in the early 1990s, he has written more than two million words and shaped the way we think about marketing, leadership, careers, inno­vation, creativity, and more. Much of his writing is inspirational and some is incendiary. Collected here are six years of his best, most entertaining, and most poignant blog posts, plus a few bonus ebooks.  Click here for more info!

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“If there’s information that can be written down, widespread digital access now means that just about anyone can look it up.  We don’t need a human being standing next to us to lecture us on how to find the square root of a number or sharpen an ax.  (Worth stopping for a second and reconsidering the revolutionary nature of that last sentence.)  What we do need is someone to persuade us that we want to learn those things, and someone to push us or encourage us or create a space where we want to learn to do them better.  If all the teacher is going to do is read her pre-written notes from a PowerPoint slide to a lecture hall of thirty or three hundred, perhaps she should stay home.  Not only is this a horrible disrespect to the student, it’s a complete waste of the heart and soul of the talented teacher.  Teaching is no longer about delivering facts that are unavailable in any other format.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?

15 Quotes on Changing the World – And Why You Already ARE Making A Difference.

15 Quotes on Changing the World - And Why You Already ARE Making A Difference.
What you do makes a difference.

Every action, every choice, every day.

Don’t get it twisted in thinking that you’re just a small fish in a large ocean and that it doesn’t matter what you do – the world will always be the same.

False.  Wrong.  Lazy thinking.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, motivated individuals can change the world – as it is the only thing that ever has!

Real change has and always will start with an individual, an individual who dares dream of a different world, influences people to join him on the quest to get there, and takes action accordingly.

Easier said than done – but it doesn’t have to be grandiose and insurmountable.  It simply has to start with the intention of changing one person.

As the Dalai Lama reminds us, “The suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity; The happiness of one person or nation is the happiness of humanity.” Continue reading

“We love status. We want pins and medallions on our jackets. We want power and prestige in our titles. We want to be acknowledge, recognized, and praised. It’s too bad all of those make for hollow leaders. Great teams require great teammates. Nowhere is that more true that at the top. No leader ever became worse by thinking about their teammates more.” ~ James Clear, Blog

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