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The Nudge – A Leadership Practice

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“The Nudge” is a leadership practice to remind the busy leader that each moment is a “teachable” moment for both teacher and student.

Every day we have chance encounters with strangers, passing conversations with neighbors and routine contacts with our friends, colleagues or customers. If you think they don’t matter, consider this:

A ball placed at the crest of a hill might roll into several different valleys depending on slight differences in initial position…or simply by an unexpected bump or “nudge” along the way. It is the same way in life. You don’t have to be a person of influence to be influential. If you think back on your own life, it’s very likely that some of the most influential people in your world may not even be aware of the things they taught you, or the direction they moved you.

Sometimes a patient, loving, well‐intentioned minute from a busy, but caring, person can translate into a life‐changing nudge for someone else.

Take some time to practice “The Nudge”:

  1. List some people who gave you a nudge – who had a significant influence on you, but may not even know it.
  2. How will you thank them?
  3. How will you intentionally nudge others?
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