July 1, 2021
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Leading Edge
Leaders who are not willing to do the most undesirable jobs, such as sweeping, create a culture where team members don't see the need to jump in and help when necessary, writes Air Force Officer Brandon McRay. "[T]his simple act of taking over the broom from you is a great sign that your people realize how valuable your time is in leading them well, which is exactly what they need from you the most," he writes.
Full Story: Lead Change (6/28) 
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Leaders will have to embrace the paradoxes of the "new abnormal" as they guide employees who are returning to the office, writes Larry Robertson. "Simple answers that last forever have been replaced by the need to pursue adaptability as both a constant need and the most desired competitive advantage of any team," he writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (6/30) 
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Strategic Management
Companies serious about change should create a dedicated agile transformation office to guide operational modifications and provide targeted coaching, says this McKinsey analysis. This article outlines the structure, goals and responsibilities of such an office.
Full Story: McKinsey (6/30) 
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Smarter Communication
Stage fright is probably a throwback to ancient times when showing vulnerability could get us ostracized from our clans, writes Nick Morgan, who recommends recognizing this fact to overcome that fear. "Balance your need to say something and the need for your group to hear it against the discomfort that it will cause you and realize that you are participating in an ancient form of human culture that is essential for our survival," he writes.
Full Story: Public Words (6/29) 
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Stories can enhance presentations or any conversation, writes John Millen, who outlines how to begin collecting both personal stories and those about your organization. "I call storytelling 'the leader's superpower' because telling a story is more engaging, inspiring and motivating than anything else you can say," he writes.
Full Story: John Millen blog (6/27) 
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In Their Own Words
Microsoft CEO on aligning values with new products
Nadella (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Companies should always keep in mind alignment with their values and what customers stand to gain when developing new products, says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, referring to the upcoming introduction of Windows 11. A CEO has to "set standards on what cultural values are expressed internally as experienced in the lived experience," he says.
Full Story: The Verge (6/25) 
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Daily Diversion
Thirteen men who had climbed Mount Everest in 1922 received medals for alpinism at the 1924 Winter Olympics, but the sport that was first recognized in 1894 was dropped by the 1940s due to its perils and mortality rate. Olympic mountaineering will reemerge at the Tokyo Olympic Games, with one event challenging competitors to climb as high as possible within six minutes.
Full Story: Mental Floss (6/29) 
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Editor's Note
About The Editor
Paula Kiger
Paula Kiger
Hello! I'm editing SmartBrief on Leadership this week while James daSilva is on vacation.

Nick Morgan's piece today explores the discomfort that can be inherent in public speaking. One of my favorite speeches as a Toastmasters member recounted a chin waxing gone disastrously wrong. I've always had butterflies before a speech, but I've never regretted taking the risk. How about you?

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James Russell Lowell,
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