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Seven Answers to Seven Questions that Leaders Should Consider -- by Seth Godin

Updated on September 7, 2014

Seven answers to Seth Godin's seven questions -- put forward to leaders

We all are leaders -- on a greater or smaller scale -- be it only in our own family. The famous Seven Answers got my attention as I've been following Seth Godin on his blog -- the guy dreamed up this brilliant thing called Squidoo.

I do recommend his work because I use, enjoy, and benefit from his "fruits of Squidoo" (by their fruits ye shall know them) daily. I read his March 13, 2011 post with as much interest as every post I read, and this one I felt compelled to see answered. I thought perhaps it could make for an interesting lens.

The seven answers to Seth Godin's questions are a challenge -- to know our own selves, in the first place. That would be the first step to develop into a greater leadership position -- higher in the social structure. Squidoo members have the opportunity to be the first to answer -- but non Squidoo members can too.

Image of fishing for the Seven Answers from img @ mona_ali_photos

Seth Godin on taking a challenge -- a first step for success. Inspiration for your seven answers

Are you born leader? What are the qualities of a leader? - How do you know that you are not a born leader?

You might have the qualities of a leader -- they might only need to be revealed!

This lens has seven questions for you:

it gives the daring Squids an opportunity to respond to Seth Godin's blog post Seven questions for leaders

*Questions are copied and pasted directly from Seth's blog

Funny answers given by kids to ordinary questions - Kids can answer any question -- grown ups almost none for sure!

Kids make up the answer to questions with a free imagination -- they do not follow but create and reason -- based on what they know.

Myth: Men don't like to ask questions -- women like to ask too many questions - The sunny side of life: strange contradiction of reality

Very strangely, research for this topic revealed that there are a great number of sites that exist specifically for online male communities where men can ask questions and get them answered by other male members. When I searched for similar sites for women I have not really found any -- women ask questions mainly about health, recipes, child rearing -- but they address those questions on sites designed for those specific fields, with access to everybody.

Reading through the list of Frequently Asked Questions by men is good fun -- and the image of what men are really interested in is emerging with clarity.

Born leaders -- great leaders. What are the born leader's qualities? - The results of a leader's activity might not show on the spot

A good leadership might go unrecognized by peers -- as the bad leadership too! Sometimes it takes a generation to assess -- but you'll know one good leader when you'll see it.

Self improvement -- to reach full potential one has to discover it! - Seth Godin is challenging for self improvement

People rarely know their own potential. As they are placed by chance or fate in places that do not provide for the same learning opportunities they have to go through a process of self improvement or self development in order to take themselves higher. Taking a challenge is a way to discover one's possibilities -- they might be more than meet the eye, more pages behind the cover of the book -- hidden talents, unused inborn aptitudes. The first step for self improvement is clarity -- what are the elements one should focus on? What are the born human traits we possess? What can we do to improve/develop and also why should we bother?

It is not that we all should become great leaders -- but we should all try to know ourselves -- and take it from there to whatever is important for us, as individuals. Leaders should lead -- the others should live but we all should be part of the community -- and that means to achieve success.

Small Is the New Big: and 183 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas
Small Is the New Big: and 183 Other Riffs, Rants, and Remarkable Business Ideas

This is a collection of earlier entries of Seth Godin's blog -- focused around the concept that a new and worthwhile product will eventually find the followers/consumers -- provided they represent an honest, creative value addition of a dedicated activity.


Leaders -- a subject matter that's never losing the public's interest - Leaders -- real or imaginary -- inspiring figures

Leaders are characters that fascinate. Real or imaginary -- the figure of a leader makes half of the success of a story.

Second of your Seven Answers?#2 What do you do with people who disagree with you... do you call them names in order to shut them

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      6 years ago

      Still trying to come up higher in this area. May we learn to disagree without being disagreeable!

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      Laurel Johnson 

      7 years ago from Washington KS

      Disagreement can be interesting and help us grow. It depends on HOW they disagree.

      If the person is violent and threatening, I shut up and walk away.

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      7 years ago

      I don't think so. I might walk away from them though.

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      7 years ago from New York

      I try to start off by (pretend) agreeing with them and then logically destroying their argument-sort of like Colbert but not nearly as funny. If they really piss me off I may just shout back, but that never works. Much better if I can demonstrate the folly of their beliefs in a matter-of-fact "I'm on your side" tone as they are then open to listening better.

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      7 years ago

      An argument is a process where two (or more) people attempt to prove that the other is wrong. Thus, it's destined for problems. It's better to exchange ideas.

      By the way, calling names is a manipulation technique that is designed to ruin a dialogue by harming the other person.

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 

      7 years ago from Ozun

      i shout back...yes, non of us is entirely right, but still...spotzoom

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      7 years ago

      Never out loud! I'm trying to get rid of the in-my-head name calling too, which is increasingly rare but still sometimes happens.

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      7 years ago

      No, I let them say what they want to say -- because I have to -- and I like having my own opinions too -- so its fair others also like theirs. What does it matter anyway? Most probably none of us is entirely right!

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      7 years ago

      In the meetings I hold, I encourage people to disagree. As long as they are not disruptive.

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      7 years ago

      I think everyone is entitled to their own opinion :)

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      7 years ago

      I think it depends on what they disagree with. If it's something important and meaningful to me. I might get pretty upset. If it's something else,ill just let it go.

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      7 years ago

      No, any name-calling remains firmly in my own head, as it never makes you sound intelligent. People have the right to disagree, though I'm very stubborn and when I know I'm right, I don't like to give in.

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      sorana lm 

      7 years ago

      I came up with arguments to support what I'm saying. However, if they have better arguments, I'll try to see their point. I am not always right nor is anybody else.

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      It's a basic axiom of the ego to disagree with everything but its own perspective. Acceptance of this aspect of humanity allows for peaceful cohabitation- the old 'we can agree to disagree' holds much merit for decent interpersonal relations.

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 

      7 years ago

      Nope, I'm old enough and ugly enough to have figured out that not everyone agrees with me. I'd also like to think I give people the chance to convince me I'm wrong.

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      7 years ago from Earth

      this is not the way it works nowadays.....start calling names another person without giving him your point of view you are making many enemies

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      ChrisDay LM 

      7 years ago

      We have to respect the views and opinions of others and, who knows, we may be improved by them.

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      7 years ago

      No - I like to be diplomatic. Calling names just doesn't work on any level.


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