Do you know what people want more than anything? They want to be missed. They want to be missed the day they don’t show up. They want to be missed when they’re gone.

In another excellent episode of NPR’s TED Radio Hour, Seth Godin dispenses some of his signature wisdom in discussing what makes a great leader. (David Foster Wallace had similar ideas.)

Pair with Godin on vulnerability, creative courage, and how to dance with the fear.


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Quick Take Away’s:

that’s the second motivational speech Dipper’s given on the fly in like a day. he’s a natural leader rallying everyone together to fight Bill. they’re all looking to him for guidance and direction in this fight. him, a 12 year old kid. they’re taking him seriously just like he’s always wanted i’m really crying


leader | [\ˈlē-dər\]
1. one that leads or guides
2. one that directs a military force or unit; one that has commanding authority or influence

Long-term, if you’re really trying to get the most out of people, you got to build people up not tear them down. And I think that’s something that I learned about not just myself but other people. That you’re really trying to get inside someone’s heart and soul and bind them to what it is you together are trying to accomplish.
—  On NPR’s TED Radio Hour, four-star general Stanley McChrystal considers the intricacies and essential humanity of great leadership. David Foster Wallace captured this best when he wrote“A leader’s real ‘authority’ is a power you voluntarily give him, and you grant him this authority not with resentment or resignation but happily.”

I love how Pidge kinda tries to get the essence of her friends with those garbage imitations. 

And when she does Keith, she’s all serious and all like “My name is Keith and I’m sooo emoo.. “ and then she makes trash!Keith turn to trash!Shiro and completely change haha

This is what Pidge’s strongest impression of Keith is, brooding and serious with everyone but Shiro.

And I’m so happy we’re not the only ones who are aware of the fact that Keith just changes a state of matter when interacting with Shiro. It’s a thing, and they all know it. (pretty impossible to miss honestly)

Makes me wonder what the other paladins and the Alteans interpret their relationship as.. I doubt anyone came to Shiro at some point and was like “Sooo.. What the hell did you do to Keith to make him like that??? How did you get him to listen to you all the time???” but I’m sure they all have their own ideas…

Are they like us? Just going crazy trying to figure out what the hell they are to eachother? Half of them are like “Cmoon they’re obviously family!” and the others are like “What NO WAY! Keith is just totally inlove with him! how can you not see that??

Re-watching some of earlier seasons of Supernatural, I am drawn back to recent discussions of Dean’s intelligence as being less likely to be recognized. I’ve always felt it was glaringly obvious, so much that I didn’t even realize it was a question until reading some stuff on tumblr. Anyway, it had me thinking a lot about the differences in the way the boys approach problems, and I’ve noticed something:

Sam is a researcher.  When he encounters a problem, he hits the books, combing through both ancient and modern texts. Looking at records and histories, theories and studies to find information, which he then can apply to formulate an explanation or find a solution.

Dean is a networker. When he encounters a problem, he recruits people. He searches through his list of contacts and gathers experts and researchers, lookouts and informants, hackers, able bodied fighters, whoever may be able to help. He then organizes and mobilizes them all to converge on the problem in order to defeat it.

Typically, when something goes wrong and the guys don’t have an immediate solution, Sam picks up a book. While Dean picks up a phone.

Trends Lab Weekly: Your Best Content Strategy is Thought Leadership

Trends Lab Weekly: Your Best Content Strategy is Thought Leadership

By Geoffrey Colon, Vice President, Social@Ogilvy / @djgeoffe /

So many people I have spoken to as of late complain about the term “thought leadership.” They are always asking, “what does it really mean and where does it get you?” B2B companies have known about this terminology for almost two decades and it has led to a lot of their content creation. In the B2B space, companies don’t make on-the-fly purchase decisions. You just can’t when you’re looking to overhaul your server systems at $4 million a pop. So you read up on what experts have to say on the subject. Maybe watch them give a speech or follow their Twitter feed to see what they are curating. These experts have been given names including influencers, champions, advocates, guru or even what I call myself, Subject Matter Expert or SME for short.

Why should your business be doing thought leadership? And who should do it? Well, to say it in short, everyone. Because thought leaders should be your entire organization. Not simply those at the top of the company. The best way for your company to transform is to crowdsource and collaborate as much as possible. Make everyone a part of the process in the new way of thinking about business. The other reason is thought leadership is your best content strategy. People want to feel like a company is larger than simply selling software or soda. They want to identify with it as a transformer of culture or the world at large. So here are five reasons on how to turn thought leadership into content. Have any ideas of your own? Feel free to join the conversation. After all, thought leadership means little if there isn’t a larger conversation around the subject.

1.     There is a lack of thought leadership in the world. Only 30% of companies use it now. That’s a small figure. And of those an even smaller percentage use social to amplify this thinking. So if you write it or video record it, amplify it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, SlideShare, etc. People enjoy this thinking and want to share it.

The largest return that a company can generate comes from not just displaying expertise but having superior services that help your clients. Thought leadership is that inroad to a potential or current client saying, “This is exactly what we want. Thinkers who can also act on that thinking and execute it for us into a meaningful solution.“ But they can’t get turned onto this thinking unless they actually see it. And where they see it is on your social channel.

People are drawn into thought leadership because it’s editorial made for sharing. Content comes in all sizes and shapes but if it’s a passive piece of content will it reverberate within your community? Thought leadership looks to get a rise out of people. If it doesn’t it’s not leadership. The reason being is thought leadership is innovative, ahead of the curve and sets a bold new path where no one has gone before. That meets resistance from systems that don’t want to bend to change. And with that resistance comes conversation around the topic. And from conversation, sharing. And from sharing, invitations extending to more people to discuss your POV on the issue, subject, category, product, initiative, etc.

Thought leadership comes in many shapes and sizes. Many think it’s still a boring white paper. But the best is now video sermons, Tweetchats, Q&As, infographics and more. The way you serve up your thought leadership is packaged as content. It’s not simply words on a paper.

You become the conversation piece. Thought leaders don’t simply publish then sit back and move onto the next piece of content creation. Nor do those who consume such content not have an opinion. Content should be engaging. Thought leadership has this built-in so it instigates people to react. It’s a modern day futbol match. There are always two sides. One side may react in many ways generating additional reactive content that keeps your brand or company as the focal centerpiece around the topic. And when people are talking about the topic that you generated within a social environment, you’re creating a level of engagement that equates to a possible advocate and an advocate that equates to a potential lead.

Geoffrey Colon is Vice President of Social@Ogilvy and editor of the Futurist Lab on Tumblr. He also tweets @djgeoffe
Is Africa's Economy Under the Threat of Recolonization? - Atlanta Black Star

Freeing the economies of Africa from dependence on commodity exports remains a serious challenge. This present crop of African leaders emerging from democratic struggles have attempted to better manage their economies in a macroeconomic sense.

For example, in the recent global economic crisis, African economies grew positively and were less hit by the global financial crisis. During the crisis, the performance of macroeconomic fundamentals such as growth, inflation and unemployment were relatively satisfactory. Of course, most of the African economies do not have sophisticated financial systems, hence their partial insulation from the global crisis.

All recent forecasts show that economies of Africa are experiencing macroeconomic stability, reflecting moderate inflation and robust growth. Ethiopia has a growth rate of 7.2 per cent, Nigeria 6.5 per cent with single digit inflation, and South Africa about 5 per cent. Sub-Sahara Africa was projected to grow by about 5.2 per cent in 2013 and 5.8 per cent in 2014. SSA economies are now the destination for new investors, especially in infrastructure.

A few years ago, the World Bank published: Can Africa Claim the 21st Century? Several scholars and those interested in Africa’s development have argued that Africa would be the next continent to leapfrog into sustained development. The austerity in the economies of Europe has resulted in the search for new markets and Africa is the continent to explore and exploit. Even the Portuguese who destroyed the economies of their former colonies, have returned to Angola, Mozambique and others to invest and search for employment.

The new entrants from Asia, particularly China, have massive investments in Africa. Are they properly engaged by our leaders and policymakers? African leaders, policy-makers and technocrats must negotiate with these new investors bearing in mind that despite the macroeconomic stability and satisfactory growth, the African economy is suffering from very high rate of unemployment (25 percent),especially among the youths, extreme poverty and widening inequality – unprecedented in the last 20 years.

These ”new” investors are not charity organizations, but are interested in not just earning high returns for their investments but also in growing their austerity-stricken economies in Europe. Today’s African leaders must work aggressively towards economic emancipation so that 25 years from today, Africa would be a developed, modern and knowledge-based continent with poverty at its barest minimum.

By Akpan- H. Ekpo a Professor of Economics, is Director-General, West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management

Creativity exists because of an innate curiosity to step back and question the status quo.  There’s a reason the word “vision” is attributed to the successful foresight of a leader. People, companies, and entire cultures evolve because their eyes are open to the possibility of the future.

Entrepreneurs should start with a hypothesis and then go out and get feedback on their idea. “Don’t stop or get paralyzed when you get your first ‘no,’ but listen to the underlying reasons,” advises CEO of executive talent agency Well-Connected Leader Denise Brosseau (MBA ’93).

In this video, Brosseau also shares tips on how to become a thought leader: