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One way to get to know a person you've just met is to ask them to tell you about their favorite friends. It's said that a person essentially becomes an aggregate of the five people with whom they spend the most time.

There's another telling question to ask a stranger. It's all about a book.

1) Is there one book that you have re-read and will read again (and again)?
2) What is the most recent book that you've read and what stands out to you most?
3) What is the title of a book you recommend most often to friends?
4) What was the last book you read that made you so sad when it came to the end? (Because you wanted to keep on reading, not because the ending was sad!).

If the person you are just getting to know has never re-read a book, can't remember what stood out from the last book they read, doesn't recommend books to friends and has never felt sad to stop reading an excellent book...

I suggest that you stop conversing with them. And, perhaps, run. Kidding (not kidding). Perhaps you might consider striking up a conversation with someone else that you might want to get to know. AND start THAT conversation off by recommending a book you've recently read...

Friday, August 13, 2010

Leadership, Vision and Change

Leadership and change begin in a room with one person and a vision. (taken from poster 27042 at

People were insisting that leadership required others to lead. And I insisted that leadership begins within. You lead yourself before you lead others. That’s why I wrote this piece.

Our culture tends toward externals. Outside validation (“what do you think of me?”) consensus building, (“what do you think we should do?”) and so forth. Questions are valuable tools.

The most important questions are the ones which we first address to ourselves. What vision are you connected to today – and how will you lead that change or idea into your life?

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