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Do you inspire curiosity in your people? What kind of questions do they ask you? Do those questions lead to conversation that grows your thinking too…or…are they questions that just need answers? Effective leaders engage in growth conversations with their people. Effective leaders create an environment that embraces curiosity. Effective leaders lead this; they are curious themselves.

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How curious are you; do you ask your people questions because you are interested in their opinion and in the conversation that follows? Do your people do likewise? How will thinking about curiosity this way change your approach? What open-ended questions will you ask this week?
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Which question do you need to spend more time with – “When does excellence in my organization get in the way of progress?” Or – “How can mediocrity contribute to our future?”

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Do you demand excellence on everything, even things that are not mission-critical? Are your people spending inordinate amounts of time hitting overly-high standards on non-essential things; do you expect superior work on things that have little or no impact on the organization's goals, intentions or customers? What changes when you agree to live with "okay" performance on non-critical things to free up the bandwidth for your people to excel at the most important things? How will you decide? When will you begin?
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Today’s simple message – you can’t master something you don’t understand. That’s been my issue with Twitter; I’ve tried to engage based on my interpretation of it and what it can do for me. That’s wrongheaded. So…I’m going to lurk for a while, watch and listen to what people do and, in and through that, hone my own voice. I don’t want to be another poor contributor, trying to make an impression rather than a contribution; there are way too many of those. I’ll figure it out. Sure, I’ll say a few things now; I hope to be quite active soon.

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What are you trying to master that you don't really comprehend? What are you pretending to understand? What must you do soon to increase your knowledge and capacity in order to add to the world not just clutter it?
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I’ve talked about “busy” on numerous Monday mornings. Busy is seen by some as a badge of honor. For others, busy arises from an inability to delegate and/or trust. Still others just can’t say “no.” Yes, for most “busy” is a choice.

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How much of your sense of "busy" is really a function of the clutter you've allowed in your life? What clutter will you jettison this week? Name three specific things.
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It goes both ways. While some leaders say they are always busy, I’ve heard others recently say they are bored. “Bored” is a scary thought – but just as much a choice as “busy” but, I submit, even easier to remedy. It can be this simple – pay attention!!! When we see what’s going on, when we really engage with it – duh? How can we be bored?

QUESTION:

Are you really paying attention to what's happening around you? To your people? To your customers? To your processes? To your community? What changes when you add some intention to paying attention? Specifically, where will you focus your attention this week?
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It’s mid-June. The summer vacation season will start in a couple of weeks. I’ll bet you expect me to ask a standard question like: “What one thing am I going to finish before summer slows me down?” Nope; not today. Let’s flip it over.

QUESTION:

What one thing am I going to completely abandon before summer? What thing that's been on my list will I say an emphatic "NO" to?