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Tuesday, September 30, 2014


In his autobiography, My American Journey (2003), Colin Powell describes what he calls "force multipliers."  My paraphrase of that concept is that force multipliers are ways of thinking/behaving/acting that make powerful attributes even better.  Think of it as good stuff on steroids.  

As I think of some pretty powerful force multipliers for leaders, these come to mind:

  • Be relentless about getting better (personally and organizationally).
  • forgive, Forgive, FORGIVE!
  • Show compassion, but don't make a show of it.
  • Incentivize initiative.
  • Empower others with zeal.
  • communicate, Communicate, COMMUNICATE!
  • Notice everything.
  • Praise persistently.
Steroidal stuff.

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