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Simon Says 2.0: Discovering Your Why

This series reconnects Jack Cooper with Simon Sinek through a new series of videos focusing on developing your reason or “why” for your role within Jack Cooper. This series will also explore tangible ways of handling criticism, working under pressure, and presentation skills.

Simon Says 2.0 - Week 12: A Surprising Habit of Great Leaders 

After watching the video, please review the following questions:

Discussion Questions:

  1. Simon says Nelson Mandela's father did two things in meetings as a tribal chief. First, he would gather participants in a circle. While you may not have a circular table in your workspace, how can the physical setup of a meeting allow all voices to feel they are important? What are some variables you can control to allow more voices to be heard? (For example, physical setup, number of people in the meeting, etc.) How does this change for virtual meetings?

  2. The second practice Chief Mandela exercised was being the last to speak in a meeting. Why is this difficult to do sometimes? What are ways you can help your fellow team members feel their voices and opinions matter, even if you do not choose their suggestions?

  3. As a leader practicing active listening, how can you interject when a conversation turns negative or unproductive, but still maintain an open discussion? What are some practical steps to do this? (For example: "Let's take this offline".)

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