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smartest guy in the room

Handling the Smartest Guy in the Room

We’ve all been there before. You’ve either worked with or for THAT person; “The smartest guy in the room.” They can make you feel small, disregarded, uncomfortable. They have ways of expressing their thoughts to make your ideas seem so wrong. I once knew an executive who was always the smartest guy in the room. His IQ was off the charts. He could dissect any argument, slicing and dicing his way to outcomes that were

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Inspect Expect

To Be a Great Leader, You Must Inspect What You Expect

Inspect what you expect. This is an old saying that I learned decades ago. What does it mean, exactly? And what does it have to do with leadership? Well… Have you been guilty of spouting a directive then letting it die a natural death? We’ve all done it at one point or another—whether accidentally or intentionally, we’re all guilty. When a leader sets out a goal or directive, that goal can only be achieved with

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team trust

Why Trust Matters to Leaders; Leaders Build Trust

For decades, business leaders have been equipping themselves with every book, philosophy, reward, and program the so-called experts have convinced them to buy into, yet companies everywhere continue to struggle with toxic cultures, low performance from teams, and the unhappiness that go with them. Yet how can leaders build trust? From our earliest days on the playground to modern-day business board rooms, there is one giant factor that makes the difference between success and failure.

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