Summary of “8 Ways Leaders Delegate Successfully”

A 2015 Gallup study of the entrepreneurial talents of 143 CEOs on the Inc. 500 list showed that companies run by executives who effectively delegate authority grow faster, generate more revenue, and create more jobs.
According to John C. Maxwell, author of Developing the Leaders Around You, “If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.”
Senior leaders often struggle with knowing what they can delegate that would actually feel helpful to them, or how to delegate responsibility and not just tasks, or what responsibilities could serve as a learning and growth opportunity for others below them.
Senior executives may not have had role models along the way to show them how to delegate successfully.
In his book, The Art of Being Unreasonable, author, philanthropist, and billionaire CEO Eli Broad writes, “The inability to delegate is one of the biggest problems I see with managers at all levels.”
Before leaders can successfully and effectively delegate, they need to understand their own resistance.
A senior sales leader might want to delegate follow-up calls to big customers to his sales team, but realizes that he hasn’t updated his notes in the CRM database, or he might simply be in the habit of making the follow-up calls himself before members of the team can get to them.
Delegating well helps leaders maximize their resources, ensuring that they’re focusing on their highest priorities, developing their team members, and creating a culture where delegation isn’t just expected – it’s embedded in the culture.

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Summary of “My Dad Taught Me How To Deal With Bullies, Because He Was One”

Experiences like learning my multiplication tables taught me a lot about bullying.
Bullies bully to be in control because they feel powerless themselves.
I came to realize that bullying is situational; bullies usually only bully under certain circumstances.
Bullies follow patterns of their own design, inevitably turning their victims into skilled observers of human behavior.
My father’s bullying was out in the open, overt and aggressive.
Bullying to Hide Insecurity Paul is an account director with a bad habit: He makes creative commitments to clients without consulting his team, earning him the nickname “PowerPoint Paul,” because he once went into a slide deck overnight to change a design to something he thought the client would like better.
Whenever my father was bullying me, I was unable to do anything but shut down and take it.
Bullies can leave you feeling ashamed or unworthy of others’ respect, and the tendency is to isolate yourself so others don’t see that.

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Summary of “My Dad Taught Me How To Deal With Bullies, Because He Was One”

Experiences like learning my multiplication tables taught me a lot about bullying.
Bullies bully to be in control because they feel powerless themselves.
I came to realize that bullying is situational; bullies usually only bully under certain circumstances.
Bullies follow patterns of their own design, inevitably turning their victims into skilled observers of human behavior.
My father’s bullying was out in the open, overt and aggressive.
Bullying to Hide Insecurity Paul is an account director with a bad habit: He makes creative commitments to clients without consulting his team, earning him the nickname “PowerPoint Paul,” because he once went into a slide deck overnight to change a design to something he thought the client would like better.
Whenever my father was bullying me, I was unable to do anything but shut down and take it.
Bullies can leave you feeling ashamed or unworthy of others’ respect, and the tendency is to isolate yourself so others don’t see that.

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Summary of “How to Put the Right Amount of Pressure on Your Team”

Somewhere in between these two extremes is the ideal level of stress; one that creates positive pressure in the direction of change without causing debilitating worry.
This magic zone is what John Kotter referred to as the “Productive Range of Distress.” This is an extremely useful concept for managers who are leading through change, but how do you take it from being conceptual to being real? How can you alter the levels of stress on your team? How do you know when you should intervene?
There are signs that the stress levels on your team aren’t sufficient to create meaningful change.
It’s tricky because some people will have an obvious, frenetic, or panicked stress response, whereas others will withdraw and direct their stress inward.
If you believe there is too little stress on your team and that it will take a little more discomfort before your employees are in the productive range of distress, you have a variety of options to choose from.
One of the worst things you can do when stress levels get too high is to jump in and solve the problem for your team.
In some cases, the stress levels of your team members will be uniformly high or low.
When different team members are experiencing the stress of the change differently, you’ll need to have more targeted one-on-one conversations that give you the opportunity to adjust the heat.

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Summary of “‘You can’t plan beyond next year’- Coaching in an NBA where stars call the shots”

PLAYER EMPOWERMENT MAY have NBA athletes buzzing with excitement, but it has sent the stress level of coaches soaring to new, unparalleled heights, afflicting everyone from young upstarts to the most established tacticians in the game.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar demanded a trade from Milwaukee to Los Angeles while still under contract in 1975, and Charles Barkley bullied his way out of Philadelphia in 1992.”You have Paul George, one of our premier players in the league, who was paid very well by the team, suddenly announce, ‘Hey, I want to be traded.’ You have no recourse but to get the best deal you can.”
If a star agrees to work privately with the franchise, and agrees to wait until the offseason, he says, it avoids high-profile disruptions that hurt both the player and the team.
After George requested his trade from the Thunder – and pushed to have it consummated within 48 hours – Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti lamented the ability of players under contract to talk with and recruit one another without penalty.
“You have Paul George, one of our premier players in the league, who was paid very well by the team, suddenly announce, ‘Hey, I want to be traded,'” Gentry says.
“I hear players say, ‘Why is it different from a team trading us?’ Because this isn’t football, where they can say, ‘If you’re not playing well, we’re gonna cut you and you won’t get paid.’ We pay our players and it’s guaranteed.”
“Can you do a better job than Steve Kerr has? And what about Nick Nurse? He had this storybook year, winning in his first year as head coach. You wonder why the players wouldn’t say, ‘Can’t we keep this going?'”.
Once George forced his way off the Thunder, OKC decided to trade Russell Westbrook, who landed in Houston in exchange for Chris Paul, one of many Rockets players who endured summer trade rumors.

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Summary of “Help Your Team Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout”

Because work is getting more demanding and complex, and because many of us now work in 24/7 environments, anxiety and burnout are not uncommon.
Worker stress levels are rising, with over half of the global workforce reporting that they are closer to burnout than they were just five years ago, according to a Regus Group survey of over 22,000 business people across 100 countries.
According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, workers around the world spend 34 to 48 hours at work each week on average, and many engage in work or related activities after business hours.
McKinsey Quarterly suggests that “Always-on, multitasking work environments are killing productivity, dampening creativity, and making us unhappy.” And one of the most significant findings in employee pulse surveys that I’ve seen in companies large and small is that employees have an exceptionally hard time disconnecting from work.
It’s not the number of hours people work that matters, it’s the value they produce during the hours they work.
So stop worrying about how many hours someone spends at his desk, and start figuring out “What can I do to help this person design his schedule so that when he’s working, he’s really working?”.
You may be asking yourself, “Is it really my job as a manager to focus on people’s resilience? To encourage them to practice mindfulness?” According to recent research published by Gallup, the view that employees should leave their personal lives at home “Might sound sensible, but it’s totally unrealistic.” Gallup analysis shows that “Our well-being has an impact on the people we work with, and on the people who work for us.” Managers really do need to focus on what Monika Broecker, founder of the Center for Personal Growth, describes as “Upgrading mental and emotional capabilities.”
Doing well at work and encouraging people to feel well isn’t just possible – it’s the foundation of a high-performance team.

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Summary of “‘Europa Universalis IV’ Grandest LAN: Game Strategy, Muskets and Falcons Inside a Polish Castle”

These dignitaries for the day, some dressed in costumes redolent of a Renaissance Faire, are warring their way through 400 years of world history, from the middle of the 15th century to the beginning of the 19th. They’re doing so by playing a game called Europa Universalis IV – the signature product of a Swedish software company called Paradox Interactive.
In an effort to push the diplomatic intrigue to 11, the sub rosa negotiations have moved from chat windows and Discord conversations to a 17th-century Polish castle, where several of the world’s top Europa players, including the legendary Florryworry, have gathered to settle their grievances in person.
Officially, it’s Paradox Interactive’s second “Grandest LAN party.” Unofficially, it’s yet another kind of Geek Olympics, in which players will don the tricorne hats, clerical collars and heavy metal breastplates representative of the countries they’ve chosen to play.
Although Europa Universalis games can be “Broken” for one player or another with a bad move in the early going, the actual game itself is extremely long, and not for the faint of heart.
“It’s the same thing with the castle. It’s like a scenic backdrop to the game itself. When the Twitch streamer Pavel built up the Manchus a bit, forming Qing China, and went on Twitch wearing tribal furs and threatened to burn all the capitals of the world’s nations to the ground, he found himself on the receiving end of a massive anti-Qing coalition war. The mise en scène really heightened the excitement, because that couldn’t really work in an anonymous multiplayer game, although we still probably would’ve banded together to silence an arrogant or dangerous player who posed a threat to us.”
I ask Nathan, are the best Europa Universalis players? After all, the gap between top competitive StarCraft and Smash Bros.
“I’d say that I’m as strong on tactical controls used in real time as any player, since I cut my teeth on real-time strategy games and was briefly a world-class Warcraft III player. But Europa offers players a different type of experience: You can make one or two great strategic decisions and somehow survive a lot of bad clicks. Or you can make one bad strategic decision and ruin hours or days of patient, smart planning.”
As well as for some other players at Moszna Castle, the real point of the Grandest LAN was about playing alongside other people and experiencing how unusual their decisions can be.

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Summary of “2020 Olympics: Preview, athletes and storylines to watch”

Great Britain’s Mo Farah capped the “Double double” in Rio and became the first runner to win the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters at consecutive Olympics since Finland’s Lasse Viren at the 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Olympics.
In order to compete at the 2020 Olympics, an athlete will need to finish within the top three of their respective events at the trials and meet the Olympic standards set by the IAAF. STORYLINES TO WATCH. The next generation is here.
The International Gymnastics Federation voted to confirm a proposal in 2015 to change the size of Olympic gymnastics teams from five athletes to four, and the change will be enacted for the first time in Tokyo 2020.
This will be the first Olympics since the Nassar scandal; the first Olympics since these athletes bravely spoke out and began advocating for a more empowering culture.
How will Euro 2020 and the 2020 Copa América-the fourth Copa América in six years!-influence roster decisions and fan interest in the Olympics? Both marquee tournaments will end on July 12, just 11 days before the start of the men’s Olympic tournament.
If the 2020 Olympics were held today, every star-from Serena Williams to Roger Federer to Rafa Nadal-would happily be playing in the singles draw.
The Olympics are held in such high esteem that multiple stars still currently playing deep and into their 30s are using the motivation of Tokyo 2020 as a potential career finish line.
So a crucial event to watch out for in the run-up to 2020 is the Japan Cup, which begins August 30, and should be the last opportunity to see Team USA face Japan before the Olympics.

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Summary of “NBA Young Core Rankings”

Basketball is a tricky sport to quantify completely, and particularly with young players, projections come with sizable error bars; that uncertainty only compounds over multiple years and across the multiple players who make up a roster.
Knox in particular stands out in a negative way: He projects as the worst NBA player over the next five seasons, with a befuddling minus-11.6 WAR. That assessment might seem harsh, but among 120 qualifying players last season, Knox had the worst true-shooting percentage.
Poeltl and Dejounte Murray are the best young Spurs but rank just 32nd and 35th, respectively, among all young players in five-year projected WAR. The Spurs could really use a breakout from the likes of Murray or Lonnie Walker IV or Derrick White to pass the franchise’s competitive torch.
The 76ers are a veteran team with possibly the best starting five in the NBA, so after Simmons-who projects as the best U25 player in the whole league-they’re really just hoping that a couple of their untested young players stick as useful bench pieces.
Beyond Porzingis, who is under investigation for rape and hasn’t played an NBA game since tearing his ACL in February 2018, the Dallas roster is mostly populated with veteran players.
New Orleans isn’t just the Zion Show: The Pelicans have more young depth than any other team in the NBA. Beyond the trio listed above, Brandon Ingram, Jaxson Hayes, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker all project as rotation players, and more players will join them in the coming years thanks to New Orleans’s numerous future first-round picks.
As befits a good young team, Denver won’t hope just for continued incremental improvements from last season’s key players.
Neither player projects to do much per CARMELO-but if just one overcomes his injury risks to reach his full basketball-playing potential, Denver’s crop of young players will rise even higher.

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Summary of “The Five Trends That Could Define Baseball’s Future”

Teams are now shifting on more than a quarter of all pitches thrown in the majors, and even right-handed hitters-who are harder to shift on than lefties because teams can’t flip first basemen to the other side of the infield-are facing a full shift more than 15 percent of the time.
The Angels, according to Baseball Savant, have shifted on only 12.9 percent of pitches this season, the lowest rate in the AL and the second-lowest in the majors.
Fox baseball broadcasts still flash flames when a pitcher throws 95, even though those pitches aren’t nearly as rare as they were when the flames first appeared.
Fewer Fastballs What’s Happening: Even though more pitchers are capable of bringing forth flames, the league-wide fastball rate-lumping together four-seamers, sinkers, and cutters-has sunk to 58.5 percent.
For at least one team in 2019, so-called “Secondary” pitches have dethroned the fastball as the primary pitch.
“Another objective is to be able to throw any pitch in any count. We’re trying to develop mastery, and so to do that we’re looking at a little bit more of a shared distribution of pitch selection.”
First-Pitch Swings What’s Happening: Historically, hitters have liked to take a pitch to settle into their surroundings after stepping into the batter’s box, but they’re getting more aggressive on the first pitches of plate appearances.
Admittedly, hitters are swinging more often at pitches in the zone on all counts collectively, because the juiced ball has made batted balls more valuable.

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