Be The Leader At The Table, Not The Sucker


I would bet most of us have heard the phrase, “If you can’t spot the sucker at the table, it’s probably you.”

Here’s a riff on that phrase: “If you can’t spot the leader at the table, be one.”

This week, Pius Heinz of Germany won the annual World Series of Poker in Vegas. The 22-year old pocketed $8.7 million by consistently outplaying his opponents and dictating most of the action at the table. He was the leader!

Have you ever been in a poorly planned meeting, on a boring conference call, or a project/proposal kickoff where there was seemingly no leader or a real agenda? Perhaps the decision-makers you needed were not present. Or it was a weekly or monthly get-together and, with not much new to report, the group was just going through the motions. It’s a real time-suck, right?

Don’t let this happen again. Go “All In” on your next teleconference, proposal kickoff meeting, or other gathering that is begging for some leadership and engagement. Speak up! Identify something (there is always something!) that could use some feedback or discussion among the group that is there. Having trouble with the proposal you’re working on? Need a photographer recommendation? Have an idea to make a decades-old process better?

Run it by the group, create engaging conversations, and reap the winnings!

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