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Leadership Lessons from a Second-Grader

One night I peeked in on a scene of my 7 year old niece, Emma, a second-grader, reading a Dr. Seuss book to her 4 year old sister, Layla.

She read a phrase that could be plucked from a manager’s pep talk to his people … “Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.”

Then, big sister would grill little sister with questions. Sometimes Layla would get it right and other times “not so right”.

How do you respond when your employee comes to you with an idea or solution that only could have come from the imagination of a Dr. Seuss book?

Here is what Emma did. This second-grader said, “that’s a good answer and I
almost agree with you, but the answer is ________. The story continued
and so did the learning.

How many times have you shut down your employee’s innovation and communication with a quick retort or comment? Take a lesson today from a 7 year old. I did.

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