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Seven Powerful Ways to Enhance Your PowerBy Dan Rockwell
Power has a bad reputation because it’s abused. We despise and reject the selfish motivations and methods of managers and leaders who manipulate and coerce people into reluctant compliance.
Power is, however, neither good nor bad. Everyone has it and everyone uses it. Power is the ability to get something done.
The more skillfully you use power the more power you’ll have.
Seven powerful tips that enhance your power:
- Don’t talk about your power. Powerful people don’t tell others they have power; they display it by doing things.
- Quietly embrace your power to influence, lift, encourage, challenge, reward, be respected, and hold others accountable. Your discomfort with power is your problem; when you get over your discomfort, you’ll be more effective.
- Achieve results through others. Doing things others should do demonstrates lack of leadership-power.
- Speak and act humbly. Humility enhances effectiveness; arrogance hinders it. Powerful people don’t need to intimidate; they frequently lead from the back-seat.
- Focus – your ability to get things done – on developing people. You can do all the things that great leaders do like building trust, inspiring shared vision, creating goals and plans, and rewarding high performance but if you don’t develop others you won’t reach extraordinary success. The only way to succeed without developing others is to hire people that are already developed. But you must immediately begin developing them.
- The more power you give others the more power you have. Hoarding power eventually destroys it. Skillful leaders create environments where others feel powerful.
- Let others influence you. Leaders who aren’t influenced by others can’t influence others.
Posted by King Boola at 8:47 AM
The power of calmBy Dan Rockwell My heart races on Monday mornings. There’s a mountain of work to do. It feels like I’m being punished for relaxing Sunday afternoon. I should have logged in and answered email but I didn’t. I should have finished that report, or jump started some of this week’s projects. But I didn’t. All of this translates into feeling rushed. Or to say it with a positive connotation, I’m “eager” to get to work.
Have you ever tried to talk with someone who was in a hurry? How did it feel? Did you feel like they listened? Did you feel like they cared? Did it feel like your message was important? Did it feel like you were important? No it didn’t.
Calmness communicates interest in others and their message. On the other hand, hurry says I’m not interested and you’re not important.
You can express calmness by:
- Standing still
- Speaking slowly
- Small hand movements rather than huge gestures
- Removing that pained look from your face
- Sitting with someone
- Writing down what the speaker is saying
- Asking a follow up question
Leadership is influence. Listening opens the door of influence. In other words, when others feel you have listened, they’re more likely to respect you and accept your decisions even if they aren’t what I like.
Leaders reach higher with calmnessLeadership Freak
Posted by King Boola at 8:46 AM
Silicon Valley: home to Google, Intel, countless tech startups, and... Renault-Nissan? The automotive group announced this week that it is opening a research office directly across from Google's campus by the end of June--and it will focus on the company's most cutting-edge initiatives, including in-vehicle Internet connectivity, user-interface displays, and smart-grid research.
Nissan is one of a number of major automakers to tap Silicon Valley's technological prowess by setting up shop right where the action is. BMW has a technology office in Palo Alto, Mercedes-Benz has a Group and Advanced Engineering office in the area, and Volkswagen has an Electronics Research Laboratory in Belmont, CA.
What will Nissan work on at its new research center? The company says that it will work on devices like the "Carwings" telematics system--a seven-inch touchscreen featuring maps of EV charging stations and real-time energy consumption reports. The system is already found in all Nissan LEAFs. European carmaker Renault will also work on the research and advanced engineering aspects of its electric vehicles, which include the upcoming battery switch station-compatible Fluence ZE and the two-seater Twizy ZE (pictured).
It makes sense for these companies to focus on research in Silicon Valley; it's where the talent is, and the engineering starting wages in Detroit are low compared to California. And there are undeniable attractions to living in the Bay Area versus Detroit, meaning it's easier to lure prospective hotshot employees.
Land is still much cheaper in Detroit, however, so don't expect major automakers to pack up their factories and head for the Bay. But with the proliferation of hybrid, electric, and other advanced vehicle technologies, it only makes sense for car companies to focus on Silicon Valley. Renault-Nissan almost certainly won't be the last.http://www.fastcompany.com/1762157/renault-nissan-sets-up-shop-in-silicon-valley