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Leadership Lessons from Simon Sinek’s book “Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t”

1. Leaders need to care for others
2. Leaders need to protect them from harm
3. Leaders need to provide opportunities for them to grow and develop
4. Leaders need to create a vision of something to believe in that’s larger than themselves
5. Leaders need to take an interest in the well-being of their followers

Dopamine leads to your `feeling good’ upon accomplishing a goal whether that is bringing home dinner while evading sabre-toothed tigers or doing a bang-up job on a major presentation. Think of endorphins and Dopamine as the `individual achievement’ chemicals. We need them to excel at what we do.

Serotonin is what gives you a feeling of gratitude and affection for the persons who supported you in your endeavors and the good feeling as they applaud you. Oxytocin is `love’ chemical. It gives you the warm fuzzies you get when you hug someone or have a deep meaningful conversation. Think of Serotonin and Oxytocin as the `social’ chemicals.

Don’t Waste Our Time…Run Effective Meetings

Are you wasting my time, your time, our time holding meetings that have a general theme but no real objective?

I was recently reading Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World’s Most Notorious Nazi in which an agent had just came back from a two month outing. As he arrived home at the airport, tired and ready to rest, he went outside only to find one of his commanders men outside waiting for him.

Shalom nodded and folded himself into the man’s car. After nine years of working for Harel, he knew that his chief would not waste time on a frivolous meeting.

How powerful is that statement? How often do you seen a meeting scheduled on your calendar and think that it’s really important?

You would think that leaders would have a good understanding of when to hold a meeting, who should be in the room and what the objectives are coming out. However, I see pointless meetings time after time which end up eating up hundreds of work hours per year.

Here are some resources to start having more effective meetings which drive results:

Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable…About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business

Let’s Stop Meeting Like This: Tools to Save Time and Get More Done

“How to” Book of Meetings: Conducting Effective Meetings Learn How to Write Minutes for Meetings Using Samples: Meeting Agenda, Meeting Minutes, Chairing a Meeting

Run Effective Meetings