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Third edition of IDEA HUNTING

Welcome to the third edition of IDEA HUNTING, the Thinkers50 Europe bi-weekly newsletter! In this issue, we bring you ideas from several speakers who will be joining us at the first European Business Forum, coming up this spring: 9-10 May in Odense.

Issue 3 featuring: Whitney Johnson, Dave Ulrich, Liz Mellon, Peter Fisk, Stuart Crainer, Hal Gregersen and Liz Mellon

MANAGING UP WITHOUT SUCKING UP: Whitney Johnson

If “managing up” also makes you think of “sucking up,” here are my straightforward steps to help the squeamish build a successful relationship with their superiors – without feeling manipulative.

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LETTER TO THE CEO: Dave Ulrich

Preserve your emotional well being and be comfortable with who you are by savoring joy in the daily routines of work and life, focusing on what is right more than what is wrong, being absorbed in the “flow” of an activity, and living according your deepest values. Your well being and attitude infects others.

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Q&A: PETER FISK

Leonardo da Vinci – the sculptor who became an artist, and then scientist and engineer. The best ideas come by making new connections – business learning from nature or sport, one sector learning from another.

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LEADERS – THE REAL THING: Stuart Crainer

Leadership is a show. There is no denying the theatrical element necessary to succeed as a leader. “The example I use with the executives that I work with is a Broadway or a West End play. People in a show do not say, oh my foot hurts, I don’t feel too good today, I’m in a bad mood. Why? Because it is show time. I tell the executives that the kid on the stage is making two percent of what you’re making. If they can go out there, night after night after night, and be a professional, then so can you,” says the executive coach Marshall Goldsmith.

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Viewing: Hal Gregersen

One of the most thought provoking series of videos we have featured at Thinkers50 is that by Hal Gregersen. He is co-author of The Innovator’s DNA and Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center. At the centre of Gregersen’s work is his championing of the power of questions.

See Hal’s videos here

Listening: Liz Mellon

In this interview with Thinkers50’s Des Dearlove, she argues that leaders in high performance organizations don’t think about their personal legacy. Instead, they worry more about “destiny”, and how their organization goes beyond their time in charge.

Listen in to an authentic take on leadership here

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