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Using the AGT Talent Formula to Build Teams

Using the AGT Talent Formula to Build Teams

I love watching clips from America’s Got Talent (AGT), the talent show. If you have never seen the show, it’s your classic audition-elimination competition. Any act can audition, and they all compete for a million dollars and the possibility of launching a career. If you spend any time watching the show, you will start to …

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Knowing When to Involve Your Team in Decisions

Knowing When to Involve Your Team in Decisions

The study of leadership has fascinated researchers for over 50 years. It can be traced back to the origins of management as we know it today. Frederick Winslow Taylor thought that manufacturing operations could be made more efficient if you could just measure everything. He would ask workers to move rocks while he timed them …

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The Future of Leadership in Uncertain Times

The Future of Leadership in Uncertain Times

It’s fascinating to see how leadership has expanded over time. Hundreds of years ago, we would have likely only considered army generals and kings to be leaders. They had to literally lead men into war or manage an entire kingdom. Today, we hear leadership be applied to any situation. Star athletes are questioned for their …

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The “Instagram Filters” That Shape Our Decisions

The “Instagram Filters” That Shape Our Decisions

Telling someone that outside forces are shaping their decisions isn’t a groundbreaking idea. They will likely instantly think of their parents or friends. However, our decisions are shaped by more than just the people we see regularly. The factors may be invisible to us if no one has pointed them out, just like we wouldn’t …

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The Missing Ingredient in Decision-Making Frameworks

The Missing Ingredient in Decision-Making Frameworks

No one knew how Napalm was going to behave in a real-world battle. It was clear from the scientific tests that this stuff was crazy. You couldn’t have invented a better flammable material if you tried. The Allies in WWII used Napalm in Japan with devastating results. 67 cities were burned down over six months. …

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The Trouble With Trying to Be More Knowledgeable

The Trouble With Trying to Be More Knowledgeable

In the 1500s, Martin Luther changed the world by forcing everyone to seek knowledge and answers in the bible. “Here I stand. I cannot do no other” proclaimed Luther to an incredulous Catholic church. All a Christian had to do was to read the Bible. That would give you everything you needed. In today’s work, …

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