The Lead: G20 Summit, 2020 Democratic Primary Debates, Higher Standards for Olympic Hosts

G20 Summit

Trade issues at this year’s G20 summit in Osaka, Japan dominated the world leaders’ discussions. A senior US administration official said prior to the summit, “It’s really just an opportunity for the President to maintain his engagement, as he has, very closely with his Chinese counterpart. Even as trade frictions persist, he’s got the opportunity to see where the Chinese side is since the talks last left off.”

Our View: Leadership forums and summits help leaders innovate, think outside of the box, and appreciate diverse perspectives. Perhaps the most advantageous aspect of these gatherings is how they provide robust opportunities to develop a flexible mindset. Further Reading

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2020 Democratic Primary Debates

To qualify for the early democratic primary debates, a candidate must register one percent or more support in three polls or receive cash money from 65,000 donors, with 200 donors per state in at least 20 states. The first debate in Miami, Florida has already aired, and the next one is in Detroit, Michigan on July 30 and 31. The third debate is set for September 12 and might continue to the 13th.

Our View: When watching debates, it is useful to look out for candidates’ leadership traits. Communication abilities, organizational capacity, political skills, cognitive style, and emotional intelligence are six crucial leadership skills that a professor of politics at Princeton identified as leadership traits that shape a presidency. Further Reading

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Higher Standards for Olympic Hosts

Reforms are being tested in the 2026 Winter Games contest, and changes are being made to how and when Olympic hosts are picked and voted in. Olympic hosts will be required to use existing and temporary venues and infrastructure to avoid costly construction projects. New Olympic panels will recommend one or more candidates for an election, and the selected hosts will be required to be voted in seven years in advance of a Summer or Winter Games.

Our View: Raising your standards is a key step toward advancement. Personal standards include how you treat yourself and how you treat others. Raise your personal standards by gaining clarity about your current reality, seeking out inspiring mentors, practicing good habits (based on high performance standards), and learning from mistakes. Further Reading

Navigating Addictive Social Media

Social media influencer Brendan Burns is using his platform to highlight personal growth tools. Social media is addictive and, unlike journaling and meditating, it can often be an unhealthy way to feel and process pain. However, when social media is used appropriately, it can be a instrument for helping others.

Our View: CEOs can build great trust with their customers with social media. Being active on social media helps business leaders understand their customers and wider community, creating ample opportunities to respond quickly to feedback. Social media also serves as an excellent platform to promote worthy causes, build good will, and strengthen your company’s brand. Further Reading

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Smart Reading for Success

Amazon recently curated a list of this year’s best business books to build resilience in work and increase overall happiness in life. The list of motivational titles includes “Raise Your Game: High-Performance Secrets From the Best of the Best” by Alan Stein Jr. and Jon Sternfeld, “The 30-Day Money Cleanse: Take Control of Your Finances, Manage Your Spending and De-Stress Your Money for Good” by Ashley Feinstein Gerstley, and “Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive and Happy Life” by Brian Solis.

Our View: Sometimes the right book falls into your lap at the perfect time, but sometimes you need to seek it out. See further reading below for a list of 100 books, one recommended for each year of your life. Further Reading

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