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No Brains, No Gains


We have all heard the expression, “no pain, no gain.” It has lots of applications. Athletes use it often. People who have struggled to achieve something important use it to motivate them.

Well, I have a new version, No Brains, No Gains. So what do I mean? Knowledge is critical to becoming a good leader. An engaging personality, good listening skills, a willingness to admit you are wrong, asking for feedback, a passion to achieve success and a drive to combine doing the right thing from a framework based on facts. We get facts through experience or research. When a critical decision is on the line, we validate before we speak.

Have you ever encountered a “leader”, board chair or project manager who practices Ready, Shoot, Aim? I have too many times.

Not long ago, I sat in a board room where the chair of the board stated, “Not for…

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