The Privilege of Leadership – 2

The Privilege of Leadership – 2

Leadership Tip of the Week

A 100% Attitude

What does it mean to give 100%?

Here’s a little mathematical formula that will help you answer this question.

If A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z is represented by 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26, then:

K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E =
11+14+15 +23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%,

and

H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K =
8+1+18+4+23+!5+18+11 =98%,

but

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E = 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

Attitude is everything.  

Leadership Anecdote of the Week

A bright young psychologist took a month out from his normal work and flew back and forth every day from Los Angeles to New York. He would always sit in the middle seat of three.

After take-off he would start a conversation with the person either side but, rather than trying to be interesting, he would focus instead on being interested. All he did was ask great questions and let the other person speak.



At the end of the journey he would ask for their details on the premise he could do something for them or that they would stay in touch. One week later a researcher would call the people he sat next to. They all remembered him. They all said how much they liked him; although no one could recall if he was married, what he did for a living, or where he was from (because he never told them).

However, the most amazing part of the research was the fact that over 70 per cent described him as one of the most interesting people they had EVER met!


Being interested is better than being interesting if you want to be thought of as an interesting person.

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