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Learn to Dance on Jello by Elad Levinson

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Chapter Three

Focus on Your Strengths

I recall when Sam, a former co-worker at a hardware company, received his MBA. He thought it was a logical next step in his career. Our employer thought so too. They promoted him to a management position. Clearly he was qualified and ready. Or so they thought.

Sam was brilliant and very analytical. He could solve some of the most challenging problems. Yet he was missing a critical competency to be an effective manager: He lacked people skills.

He and his team soon began to struggle as a result. Missed deadlines and tension quickly become the norm. Co-workers asked for transfers, or just quit.

Senior management decided that it was best for Sam to step out of his management position and focus on what ...

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