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July 9, 2014

Starting Thought: Communication Is a Superpower Everyone Can Have

Avi pic for ST

On a recent trip to Target, my 4-year-old daughter Avi wanted to buy some superhero figures.  Like I was as a child, she’s hugely interested in superheroes.  So much so that during an interview with a school psychologist for junior kindergarten, her answer to the question, “Name a planet,” was “Krypton.”  Fortunately, when asked then to name a planet from our solar system, she said, “Earth.”

We regularly watch “Justice League Unlimited” and have every superhero book that’s part of the “I Can Read,” early education series.  I have to smile when she corrects me as I mispronounce names of some of the newer superheroes.

Combing the aisles at Target, I skipped the “Frozen” section and quickly came upon a great set of superhero action figures.  I thought we hit a jackpot.

“Where are the villains?” she asked.

Of course, I didn’t think about it.  To have superheroes you need to have villains. 

Or do you?

When it comes to how people lead inside organizations, the reality is that everyone can have the superpower of being an effective leader and communicator.  I call it a superpower because of what it can help any leader accomplish, and because the skill is easily accessible and readily available to all of us.

One just needs the drive, a little bit of effort and practice.

What leadership or communication skill are you working on this week to tap your inner superhero?

-          David Grossman

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