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Leading So People Will Follow by Erika Andersen

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Finding a Wizard

Sadly for us, our wizards aren’t generally waiting conveniently by the nearest well, asking us to share our bread or coins. So how do you recognize them and take advantage of their help? I’ve noticed that in the stories, wizards mostly reveal themselves in response to the hero’s demonstration of generosity. I believe the message here is to be generous to others, and useful people will show up and be generous to you. I’ve found that to be true in modern workplace wizardry. I notice, for instance, that Danny Meyer, one of my exemplars of generosity, seems to be a magnet for good wizards who want to support his success by offering useful insights and processes. For example, Richard Goldberg is one person who’s been extraordinarily ...

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