Free Book: "Leadership Is Simple, Stupid," by Ben Hugh available on Amazon is published by Hugh Knows A Short, Simple leadership Approach by a Former Marine Sergeant

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There are too many books on leadership and management that are excessively abstract. This book is a short, simple, pragmatic checklist approach to leadership written by a former U.S. Marine sergeant.

Contrary to much of the published wisdom on leadership that what's important is connecting to people's emotions, what is truly necessary to accomplish any given task is to connect to people's skill sets. And the amazing reality is that people enjoy being recognized for their hard earned skills. Skip the memorization of family members names and pets and focus on the job. Everyone will be happier and you'll be a better leader.

Here is a segment from the book:

Inventory by Interview
Give undivided attention to them and ask them a series of questions to find out their overall strengths and weaknesses, their academic/intellectual strengths/interests, their personality type, their teamwork/leadership experience, work experience, cultural/human and hobby experience.

Listen for Actionable Items
The purpose of this inventory is to place them in an appropriate role/position on the team. Listen for and question for details you need to decide how their skill set fits the mission. Think about how their potential/interests could fit the mission in the future with additional training/coaching or study. Ask about their interest in those roles and/or training.

Convert WIIFM to WIIFU
Teamwork is important for most teams. Ask specifically about a history of group experiences. This could be team sports experiences, community contributions, membership in volunteer groups, such as scouts, or anything that indicates an interest in groups or collections of people. WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) is an anathema to teamwork. Collective self interest is the most effective way to work as a team. Convert What’s In It For Me to What’s In It For Us.

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