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By PASCAL FINETTE

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May 28th, 2020

Get Your PhD in Leadership in 30 Seconds

Dee Hock, architect of payment juggernaut VISA, inventor of chaordic organizations and visionary-extraordinaire once summarized his most important leadership advice as:

Make a careful list of all things done to you that you abhorred. Don’t do them to others, ever. Make another list of things done for you that you loved. Do them for others, always.

It truly summarizes a PhD in leadership in four short sentences.

Mulling this over, it brings me back to the most important thing one of my mentors once said to me: Leadership always comes down to common sense. Sadly common sense is not common practice.

The next time you find yourself with a tough decision to make — take a deep breath and think about what you would like to happen if it were you on the other end.


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