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The Corporate Digest
Dear David,
A couple of interesting thoughts.
Leading at the Edge
(or How to Unlock Extraordinary Performance)
High performance leadership is a talent everyone can learn.  Professor Kohlrieser of the Swiss Institute of Management Development recently published a paper showing how leaders at the edge know how to take appropriate risk, inspire trust and create opportunities to make themselves and their teams successful.
What is needed?  A careful mix of focus, motivation, inspiration and courage to constantly push those boundaries.  There are eight paths that need to become a part of the personal style as well as the corporate culture.
1. Develop your leadership talent
Companies become talent magnets because they have a leadership development culture that consistently provides their people with opportunities to learn, grow and build leadership competencies.
2. Lead from the mind's eye
Leaders who learn how to program their bodies and emotions to follow their mind will always outperform others. Personal leadership competence is a result of being aware of and regulating one's mental states and emotions.
3. Build success through your secure base relationships
A secure base is someone who provides a sense of protection and provides comfort and positive inspiration in times of stress, frustration or failure.  Having the support of secure bases makes the attainment of seemingly unreachable goals possible simply because they believe in you more than you believe in yourself.
4. Lead through effective communication
A hallmark of high performance leaders is the ability to influence others through all levels and types of communication.  High performance leaders are able to unite diverse team members by building common goals and by engaging in powerful and effective dialogue.
5. Leading through conflict management
High performing leaders are able to deal with disputes, disagreement and diverse points of view about strategy and implementation to create energy, bring about change, stimulate creativity and help form strongly bonded teams in full alignment.
6. Leading in a fragmented world
Efforts to create shared goals and visions are undermined by diverse cultures and global dispersion as part of the fragmentation of executive teams. Leaders can learn to develop and build integrated groups across global organizations, where there is enough shared purpose and direction to make change happen.
7. Leading through strategy
Leaders face many conflicting goals and need to explore what it means to have a strategy in the current business environment. By visualizing alternative futures, leaders are able to clarify directions and options as a basis for enabling leadership choice.
8. Leading at the edge is a journey
High performance leaders know that learning to lead at the edge is a lifetime process of discovery.  By playing to win, as opposed to playing not to lose, leaders make work a more exciting, enjoyable and engaging place for themselves and all those around them.  With this foundation, running the business and implementing strategy will be much more successful.

Tech Tips II

Part I (see Newsletter archives on was so popular that I am including some additional ideas that might prove useful.  Many were recently published in The New York Times.
* When you get an e-mail message from eBay or your bank, claiming that you have an account problem or a question from a buyer, it's probably a "phishing scam" intended to trick you into typing your password. Don't click the link in the message. If in doubt, go into your browser and type "" (or your bank's name) manually.
* You can adjust the size and position of any window on your computer by dragging the blue top of a window (the title bar) to move it or any edge to resize it.
* If you can't find some obvious command, like Delete, right click your mouse to get a little menu of commands.
* You can open the Start menu by tapping the key with the Windows logo on it.
* Make sure you have an automated backup system for your computer.  There is no misery quite like the sick feeling of having lost data simply because you didn't have a backup.  (See my previous article.)
* The Windows default for the Recycle Bin is 10% of the local drive. With modern hard drives reaching enormous sizes, do you really need 10% as the Recycle Bin? It is easy to modify using Recycle Bin's properties.
* Files can be moved from one folder to another by dragging the file icon over the icon of the destination folder and then releasing the mouse.
* Try Undo (Ctrl-Z) even when you think it might not work. You can recover files, deleted text, closed tabs, etc.
* Ctrl+Left/Right while editing text - jumps to the beginning of the previous word or to the beginning of the next word. Reduces the number of Left/Right button presses drastically.
* Alt+D takes you to the address bar of most browsers. This way you can easily type in the next address you want to jump to instead of using the mouse to highlight it.
* Double-clicking the title bar will maximize the window, or return it to its former size if it's already maximized.
* When typing an email address, it doesn't make a difference if you type in CAPS or lowercase.
* When navigating around a huge spreadsheet, an easy way to get to the last row with data in it is to hold down "End" and press the Down arrow. You can easily get back to cell A1 with Ctrl+Home from wherever you are in the spreadsheet.
* You can double-click a word to highlight it in any document, e-mail or Web page. Triple clicking will highlight the paragraph.
* In Microsoft Word, Shift+F3 makes a word change from all uppercase to all lowercase to just the first letter upper case. 
* Use Ctrl-Alt-Delete simultaneously to bring up the Windows Task Manager to close something that is Not responding and clicking on End Task.
* You can select multiple files that are in a row by highlighting the first, holding down on the Shift key, and then highlighting the last one. All of those in between will be selected. You can also individually select multiple files not in order by highlighting the first, holding down on the Ctrl key, and clicking each additional file.
* Some useful short cuts
     - Ctrl+A - select all
     - Shift+Left/Right - selects one letter at a time.
     - Ctrl+Shift+Left/right - selects one word at a time.
     - Shift+Up/Down - selects one line at a time
     - To save a document - Ctrl-S
     - To close a program - Alt+F4 - like hitting the X in the top right hand corner.
     - Home/End goes to the top/bottom of the page in a web browser. In a word processor, it's the beginning/end of a line.  Add Ctrl to go to the top/bottom of the document.
Consult Levy has developed many innovative technology solutions and mentored and help grow people to new levels of performance.

April 2009

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David Levy
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In This Issue
Leading at the Edge
Tech Tips II


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