Although it is good to prepare for bumps in the road, be careful not to fixate on them and worry unnecessarily, writes strategic communications CEO Elise Mitchell. "We all need to embrace the possibility of looking foolish to make it to the next level," she writes.
Building traits that are positive opposites to your strengths can help you become a well-rounded leader and avoid going to extremes, writes Tony Schwartz. For instance, a strength such as confidence can turn into arrogance if overused, whereas practicing humility can be an effective counterpart.
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Successful mergers protect existing revenue, manage and integrate cultural differences, make communication a priority and staff the integration team with top talent, write John Chartier, Cristina Ferrer, Alex Liu and Rui Silva. "In our experience, the biggest factor behind lost revenue synergies is a failure to carry out an effective commercial integration program," they write.
You can become a better public speaker by approaching speeches more like everyday conversations, Stephanie Scotti writes. "In both types of communication, the higher quality the connection you establish, the more memorable and impactful the interaction," she writes.
People cannot force inspiration in others, but they "can create the conditions that foster inspiration," says Kristi Hedges, a leadership coach. She urges leaders to be genuine, listen, show passion and point out how others fit into the bigger picture.
Meditation can help you accept things the way they are instead of agonizing about how you want them to be and can bring about the clarity needed to make better decisions, writes Payal Sheth. "By learning to step back and observe, you learn the art of responding rather than reacting," Sheth writes.
Lyft President John Zimmer became a leader at a young age, and he's learned to hire people who offset his weaknesses, giving them room to grow and preaching "be yourself." "If you're going to manage people or lead people, you have to be able to walk in their shoes and understand them," he says.
Animal behaviorist Monique Udell and geneticist Bridgett vonHoldt identified genes linked to dogs' hypersociability by studying people with Williams-Beuren syndrome. The researchers reported in Science Advances that the most social dogs had high variation in a gene that codes for the GIF21 protein, and the same effect was seen in mice, while minimal disruption in the genetic region was associated with aloof behavior, more characteristic of wolves.