Linus Rylander

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Read this on ProBlogger, written by Neil Patel. Super smart guy.  I respect the shit out of him.

Neil says:

If you want to create blog posts, white papers, and even ebooks that clearly communicate your idea and compel your readers to do whatever you ask,  you need to use this little formula.

It deals with the four different learning abilities people have, but it’s also based in a rock-solid copywriting technique I’ll tell you about in a minute.

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Believing in Leadership

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There are many texts available that advise people on the best business, management, or organizational practices. They expound on several strategies and experiences that have been tried and true in the realm of leadership. You know them, they're written by Kotter, Collins, Maxwell, etc. What if instead of strategizing you believed in or questioned your leadership skills in order to find success? What if you took the philosophical approach to leadership? Maybe you should. Experts are currently arguing a degree in philosophy will show bigger a payoff in organizations than the traditional MBA. According to recent studies, "by mid-career, the salaries of philosophy graduates surpasses those of marketing, communications, accounting and business management." (Poulsen, 2013)

Academics are currently arguing that business school does not give students the tools to take on a job. The average business school being dubiously described as “taking two years out of your life and going deeply into debt, all for the sake of learning how to keep a straight face while using phrases like “out-of-the-box thinking,” “win-win situation,” and “core competencies.” (Poulsen, 2013) In the evolving landscape of the workplace the constant questioning and critical thinking required of philosophy majors give them the leadership advantage of easily dealing with new situations and solving problems.

Philosophizing can also greatly affect the ethics of your organization. There are many philosophical problems that can be applied to leadership issues. A common query posed on leaders today called the trolley problem asks people to make a decision regarding an out of control trolley. There are five people who are sure to die if the trolley continues to careen. You can flip a switch and kill a pedestrian. Or throw a person on the rails killing them. Both solutions cause the death.of an innocent bystander to save the lives of five passengers, but which one do leaders find more morally and ethically sound? Many choose the switch as it not the physical act of harming people, just the unfortunate result of a indirect action. Which one is correct is up to the philosophizer. (Johnson, 2012, pg.393)

The trolley problem obviously arises on high level decision making such as ethical euthanasia in hospitals and drone strikes in the military - these are leadership calls many of us will never have to experience making. But a similar philosophical dilemma occurs within decision making in corporations. Are there sacrifices of the few that would benefit the many? How does this apply and what do you believe is right in your organization? For your customers? Your mission statement? Corporate culture? Hiring decisions? Your Corporate Social Responsibility? Are these decisions justified?

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