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Simon Cowell and Honesty

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Tonight I was watching an interview with Simon Cowell on 60 Minutes, and he said some stuff that is interested me. He admitted to not being able to sing and not having a real musical talent. Then he ernt on about one time a couple offered him $100,000 to come and critique them in bed.

Why would someone offer him that much money for something he is not an “expert” at come to sing in front of him even though he can’t produce or sing? It is because he is honest. Even though I do not agree with the way he puts people down, it is very important to be honest with the people.

People talk about how they do not want to be a “yes man,” but people are so desperate for it that they will go look for anyone to give it to them. As we see on American Idol, honesty can lead to prevent further mistakes and make better decisions, but without it can lead a lot of bad decisions.

Great leaders seek honest feedback. Without it, they running blind because they are nearly running with a wall in their face. It is feedback that turns that wall into a window, and you will be able to clearly see ahead of you.

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American Idol and Leadership

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I normally do not watch American Idol, but since the first episode was from Minneapolis, where I live, I was curious to see who tried out. Of course they showed a lot of the bad singers, but what suprises me everytime is that these people believe that they are the best singers in the world. What are these people seeing? (I know some of these people are pretending like they know they are good, but not all) Do they have friends that will show them reality?

One of the first things I learned about organizing a team was that you need to know your strengths and weaknesses as the leader. One thought I hear from a lot of leadership books is to bring on the right people. How do you know which are the right people to complement your traits and skills, if you don’t know your trait and skills?