June 30, 2016

Forty-Seven Principles Leaders Use To Reach High Levels of Success

Shu Hattori, former management consultant with McKinsey and Company consulting, put together a book that focuses on principles her learned while working with them.  He shares ideas for ways to self-improve, communicate with and influence teams, increase productivity and performance, and focus energy towards career.
Below are Hattori’s 47 Principles from The McKinsey Edge book:
  1. Focus on what really matters
  2. Start with the hard stuff in the morning
  3. Catch small signals and make a difference
  4. Have a 30-second answer to everything
  5. Frontload your project
  6. Create the right end output image
  7. Smile when you are under stress
  8. Go beyond your self-perceived limit
  9. Always imagine the worst-case scenario
  10. Start following up
  11. Push back with less emotion
  12. Be flexible on the perception of your passion
  13. Find your role models
  14. Know what gives you the most energy in your day
  15. Go jogging to smell the flowers
  16. Create a commitment plan
  17. Always memorize the first 3 sentences of a presentation
  18. Communicate using fewer words
  19. Pause 3 seconds before answering difficult questions
  20. Question more and talk less
  21. Turn no into yes
  22. Do not show half-baked output
  23. Instantly find a connection in the room
  24. Be a giver, not a receiver
  25. Find the best intent in people
  26. Learn team members’ defining moments and personal sides
  27. Think of everyone as a helpful individual, not a “resource”
  28. Go out for a meal with interesting people every week
  29. Consciously gauge your people
  30. Assign team members meaningful tasks
  31. Create followership through deliberate on-the-job coaching
  32. Deliver feedback using positive criticism
  33. Please your assistants and support staff
  34. Always prepare an agenda before meetings
  35. Create “4 boxes” to dos
  36. Focus on outcomes not activities
  37. Know your meeting modes in advance
  38. Proactively manage e-mail communication using the 5d rules
  39. Speak up as early as possible
  40. Create a minimalist presentation tool kit
  41. Create an easy-to-use template for updates
  42. Give away knowledge and tools unsparingly
  43. Get rid of your physical barriers
  44. Ask the second order questions
  45. Learn to write fewer notes
  46. Prepare to renew your life
  47. Create your own “profile” as a leader

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