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I have found that the more I honored others, the more they honored me and the more fulfilling my career became. In the business arena, I have been surrounded by people with awesome skills. The difference between good and great is determined by the mindset you choose to bring to the work. The concept of honor should be part of that mindset.

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On a personal level, I send out about 20 thank-you notes a day to staffers, on all levels. And every six weeks I have lunch with a group of a dozen or so employees, to get their perspective on the business, to address problems and to get feedback.

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Most people that derail as leaders in the corporate world, it's not because they couldn't do the math and calculate return on investment properly. The issues are communication and understanding. All of what typically would've been called the 'soft stuff.' You have to be authentic. You have to be dialed into the soft stuff.

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My most memorable meal is every Thanksgiving. I love the food: the turkey and stuffing: the sweet potatoes and rice, which come from my mother's Southern heritage: the mashed potatoes, which come from my wife's Midwestern roots: the Campbell's green-bean casserole: and of course, pumpkin pie.

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Leadership does take work. And it should. If you aspire to be a leader, you ought to treat leadership as a craft, you ought to become a student of it, and you ought to work at it. And if you're not willing to work at it, well, you get what you give.

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I would assert that highly effective leaders are made more than they're born. Every leader I know who's been highly effective has worked hard at it, and they've been students of it. The more you're a student of leadership, the more you figure out what works for you and the more effective you're going to be.

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Learning to celebrate success is a key component of learning how to win in the market.

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Too many leaders are so caught up in the momentum of work that they lose sight of the opportunity to connect with people. I discovered that the more fully present I was with other people, the more fully present they were with me, and the more productive our relationship became over time.

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My most memorable meal is every Thanksgiving. I love the food: the turkey and stuffing: the sweet potatoes and rice, which come from my mother's Southern heritage: the mashed potatoes, which come from my wife's Midwestern roots: the Campbell's green-bean casserole: and of course, pumpkin pie.

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