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Do you have this quality as senior executive leader?

 In Journalist, Learning from Luminaries

“The ones (CEOs) I’m most impressed with do not seem packaged. But they have this sense of peace, this self-awareness, that says, “I understand who I am”. James P. Hackett.

This quotation is from an article by Adam Bryant entitled, Leadership never looks pre-packaged. Here’s the link:

Based on my interactions with successful CEOs and other leaders I agree with the above quotation. In my sales presentation, speech communication and senior executive projects I coach participants to ‘tune into the moment’ of an interaction or situation (to inform them on how they should act) versus relying on a prepared plan.

For example, you might plan to stand when delivering an upcoming boardroom pitch to a prospective client, regardless of the environment. A better approach is, when at the prospect’s office, to read the situation and be open to delivering the pitch from a seated position, if that feels better.

The ‘how to apply‘ for this post: In the next seven days ask yourself: a. Is any part of the presentation of myself in my work pre-packaged? b. How can I increase my understanding of who I am (with the goal of being less pre-packaged).

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