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Leading With Truth

  • Lead with questions, not answers. Don’t assume you know what’s best.
  • Engage in dialogue and debate, with no coercion.
  • Conduct autopsies and without blame
  • Build “red flag” mechanisms: If you raise your hand with your red flag, the meeting room will stop for you.

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Spending time and energy trying to “motivate” people is a waste of effort. The real question is not, “How do we motivate our people?” If you have the right people, they will be self-motivated. The key is to not de-motivate them. One of the primary ways to de-motivate people is to ignore the brutal facts of reality.

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Level 5 Leadership

Level 5 leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company. It’s not that Level 5 leaders have no ego or self-interest. Indeed, they are incredibly ambitious— but their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves.

Level 5 leadership is not just about humility and modesty. It is equally about ferocious resolve, an almost stoic determination to do whatever needs to be done to make the company great.

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  • The good-to-great companies built a consistent system with clear constraints, but they also gave people freedom and responsibility within the framework of that system.
  • They hired self-disciplined people who didn’t need to be managed, and then managed the system, not the people.
  • When you have disciplined people, you don’t need hierarchy.
  • When you have disciplined thought, you don’t need bureaucracy.
  • When you have disciplined action, you don’t need excessive controls.
  • When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of greatness.

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The moment a leader allows himself to become the primary reality people worry about, rather than reality being the primary reality, you have a recipe for mediocrity, or worse. This is one of the key reasons why less charismatic leaders often produce better long-term results than their more charismatic counterparts.

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The Key To Greatness: Start with the right people, ask them the right questions, and engage them in vigorous debate.

  • To be ruthless means hacking and cutting, especially in difficult times, or wantonly firing people without any thoughtful consideration.
  • To be rigorous means consistently applying exacting standards at all times and at all levels, especially in upper management.

To be rigorous, not ruthless, means that the best people need not worry about their positions and can concentrate fully on their work.

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The Hedgehog Concept

Hedgehog Concept is a simple, crystalline concept that flows from a deep understanding of the intersection of the following three circles:

  1. What you can be the best in the world at (and, equally important, what you cannot be the best in the world at).
  2. What drives your economic engine.
  3. What you are deeply passionate about.

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Great by Choice

by Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen

We all make bad decisions

While we may not like to admit this, we all are making a lot of bad decisions, be it our personal lives, careers or in our jobs. Here is what research says about making good decisions:

  • You need the right information, not more of it.
  • Feelings can be utilized
  • Know your strengths
  • Make a 'good enough' decision

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An Agile Life

An agile life is one that can easily respond to change. Where you’re not overly constrained by rigid planning, but can rather adapt and get things done in a way that fits your goals and the constant randomness of life.

  • Don’t set static rigid goals, keep testing and adjusting as you go.
  • Don’t keep trying to fix your weaknesses, play to your strengths instead.

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