5 personal leadership lessons from Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin was a man who got things done. He “was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and in many ways was “the First American”. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.” 

To illustrate just how much he got done, consider the following list of inventions and achievements: 

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One thing you can do every day to improve your creativity

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Walking is one of the most productive habits of creative leaders.

Many leaders will tell you they do the best thinking whilst walking. Steve Jobs was famous for his walks around Palo Alto. Jobs would often go on long walks when problem solving and was well-known for hosting “walking meetings ” with his guests. Jobs is not alone in his love of walking, other creative leaders also host walking meetings.

“My favorite thing to do to relax is walking. If I’m with a friend we have our best conversations while walking.”

Jack Dorsey, CEO of the mobile-payments startup Square, Silicon Valley’s different kind of power walk

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The scientific principles of effective goal setting

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When it comes to achieving our New Years resolutions the statistics are pretty dismal. Research from the University of Scranton as published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that only 8% of people are successful in achieving their New Year resolutions. Similar research conducted by Psychology Professor, Richard Wiseman at the University of Hertfordshire found that only 12% of people actually achieved their New Year resolutions. Given such low levels of success you may be tempted to conclude that goal setting doesn’t work!

It’s not that goal setting doesn’t work. Research shows it does, the challenge is we’re never taught the science of effective goal setting. 

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