Authentic Leadership

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In a world where so many people shape how they are perceived by altering online profiles through social media and carefully tweeting at opportune moments, authenticity can be overwhelmingly refreshing. Authentic leaders are the most impactful leaders and we can probably learn the most from them. But how does one go about being authentic, especially an authentic leader?

First, many leaders who show great authenticity have many advisors by their sides that can tell them when they are in the wrong. This may be a choice of the leader or something that just happens organically. However, it is important to recognize when someone else is right and to be able to admit a mistake. It shows true, authentic leadership. A good reason to surround yourself with people who can tell you when you are wrong is confirmation bias. This is the bias that allows you to choose answers or possible solutions that fit your original claim or commonly held perception rather than choosing the correct answer or solution. Advisors and peers can keep this bias in check. On that point, a true, authentic leader can admit when they are bias. In this way they can take steps to acknowledge and counteract their biases.

Great leaders also recognize that in order to be really great at something, they have to be bad as well. Instead of being mediocre at everything, a leader has to let some things go and become weak areas to ultimately excel in other areas. It’s okay to not be great at everything. Also, when things go wrong for a leader and they fall out of favor or out of their leadership position, they use their time at the bottom well. They usually refocus their goals, hone their skills and get ready to get back up again. The head of Emerging Markets at Oxford Economics, Rain Newton-Smith said if you use these moments to “use the difficult times in your life to dig deep and find new purpose or strength, the more resilient you will be. It is in these times that we learn the most, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time.”

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Leading In University And Business

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It is college graduation season again and it is the time of year most University Presidents and some business leaders stand in front of many bright-eyed graduates and let them know about adult life. The “real world” is scary for many of those with newly minted diplomas and it is the job of those speaking to give them some words of wisdom to live by. However, it seems that nowadays the College President and the all-star business CEO may not be the best to dispense advice because they need advice of their own. Although, these were formerly very stately positions, CEO turnover is at its highest and presiding over a college is now a high-risk occupation. These two jobs are both high profile, with a lot of privilege and responsibility that includes managing a lot of people. What kinds of tips do these leaders need to be successful?

One is to always think before you speak. Planning verbal direction, critique, or simple chitchat makes a big difference to how you are perceived by those you speak to. Speaking of talking, plan to talk less and listen more. Many new leaders try to impress with a lot of chatter, but always make sure you understand the environment that you’re walking into and what your employees need from you. Pay particular attention to your veteran employees and the knowledge they bring about your company or institution. Also, make sure you always show up. Simply being present speaks volumes about who you are and who matters to you so turn up for as many events as possible. In the same camp, make sure you answer as many messages as you can. Respond to emails, even if they are from freshman or someone who is new to your company. Your response matters with how you are perceived and shows that you do not find anyone irrelevant. Other suggestions include using your advisors like the board of trustees or directors, understand that community relations matter, don’t take things personally, and make sure that you are taking care of your own personal health so that you can serve those around you.

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Coin Collecting On A Small Budget

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andrew brunhart budgetTo some coin collecting seems like an expensive and all consuming hobby. However, there are ways to collect on a budget in the United States. For example, a Lincoln Cent from 1959 and beyond has the Lincoln Memorial on it. Before that time the coin featured two wheat stalks around the words “one cent.” The wheat stalk coins were minted between 1909 and 1958 and are almost completely out of circulation. However, the Lincoln memorial version of the cents are still around and one with a small budget could easily get a blue coin book with each year and slowly fill up their collection.

A place to find coins cheaply may be in an older friend or relatives house. Many keep change jars and if you look through them you may find a few Lincoln Memorial cents and some other valuable finds.

Another, more inexpensive coin to collect is the State Quarter series. Many of these books are widely available and fun to find all fifty. If you collect all of those coins you can starts to look for the two series that followed, the Possession and the National Parks series. The fifty state series started in 1999 and included five different quarters each year. Every state quarter has something memorable from each state like a monument, flower, or something else unique about the state. All of the 50 state coins were struck in the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. Cardboard maps were also released to place a coin in each slot in its actual location on a map of the U.S. It makes a beautiful display and the total investment in collecting all 50 is only $12.50.

These are just two inexpensive ways to collect coins. However, keep in mind that any series that is in circulation is easily collectable if you keep your eye out. Look through pocket change, change jars, and keep an eye to the ground for something in a series that you might want to collect.

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Coin Collecting On A Small Budget

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andrew brunhart budgetTo some coin collecting seems like an expensive and all consuming hobby. However, there are ways to collect on a budget in the United States. For example, a Lincoln Cent from 1959 and beyond has the Lincoln Memorial on it. Before that time the coin featured two wheat stalks around the words “one cent.” The wheat stalk coins were minted between 1909 and 1958 and are almost completely out of circulation. However, the Lincoln memorial version of the cents are still around and one with a small budget could easily get a blue coin book with each year and slowly fill up their collection.

A place to find coins cheaply may be in an older friend or relatives house. Many keep change jars and if you look through them you may find a few Lincoln Memorial cents and some other valuable finds.

Another, more inexpensive coin to collect is the State Quarter series. Many of these books are widely available and fun to find all fifty. If you collect all of those coins you can starts to look for the two series that followed, the Possession and the National Parks series. The fifty state series started in 1999 and included five different quarters each year. Every state quarter has something memorable from each state like a monument, flower, or something else unique about the state. All of the 50 state coins were struck in the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. Cardboard maps were also released to place a coin in each slot in its actual location on a map of the U.S. It makes a beautiful display and the total investment in collecting all 50 is only $12.50.

These are just two inexpensive ways to collect coins. However, keep in mind that any series that is in circulation is easily collectable if you keep your eye out. Look through pocket change, change jars, and keep an eye to the ground for something in a series that you might want to collect.

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Time to Invest in Numismatics

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andrew brunhart numisThe coin-collecting business is on fire right now, which makes it a perfect time to invest in the hobby. What makes it simpler to join the race is that most of the auctions are online now, so you can be part of the action from the comfort of your own home.

The vice president of numismatics at Stack’s Bowers Galleries, Vicken Yegparian, says, “There’s so much fervor around coin collecting in today’s economy, because it’s so accessible to so many different people.” You are able to join the game at whatever price you can afford. For, example Buffalo Nickels can range anywhere from $50 to a few thousand. This easy entry aspect of coin collecting makes it a great option for investors. There’s no high buy in.

Additionally, the learning curve is not too steep. To be a successful collector you need to be able to appraise the price of a coin. Fortunately, this doesn’t take too long to learn. The three basic rules to live by when appraising are quality or condition, rarity, and the history of the coin. You may not know the answer to all of these questions for any given coin, but you can find the answers relatively easily. You can also make smart decisions about how to collect by gathering coins in a series. For example, the 50 State Quarters are much more valuable as a set than they are individually.

In terms of collectables, coin collecting has a great investment advantage. First is that coins are “one-offs.” Coins were produced in mass by the government, so you have other samples to compare them with as far as quality and price. Additionally, the Numismatic Certification Institute (NCI) has a system for appraising the condition of a coin so that you can verify authenticity and rarity of certain coins. And, finally, coins not only have historical value, but also intrinsic value. Whatever coin you have, it is likely worth something for some reason, so start investing!

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Time to Invest in Numismatics

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andrew brunhart numisThe coin-collecting business is on fire right now, which makes it a perfect time to invest in the hobby. What makes it simpler to join the race is that most of the auctions are online now, so you can be part of the action from the comfort of your own home.

The vice president of numismatics at Stack’s Bowers Galleries, Vicken Yegparian, says, “There’s so much fervor around coin collecting in today’s economy, because it’s so accessible to so many different people.” You are able to join the game at whatever price you can afford. For, example Buffalo Nickels can range anywhere from $50 to a few thousand. This easy entry aspect of coin collecting makes it a great option for investors. There’s no high buy in.

Additionally, the learning curve is not too steep. To be a successful collector you need to be able to appraise the price of a coin. Fortunately, this doesn’t take too long to learn. The three basic rules to live by when appraising are quality or condition, rarity, and the history of the coin. You may not know the answer to all of these questions for any given coin, but you can find the answers relatively easily. You can also make smart decisions about how to collect by gathering coins in a series. For example, the 50 State Quarters are much more valuable as a set than they are individually.

In terms of collectables, coin collecting has a great investment advantage. First is that coins are “one-offs.” Coins were produced in mass by the government, so you have other samples to compare them with as far as quality and price. Additionally, the Numismatic Certification Institute (NCI) has a system for appraising the condition of a coin so that you can verify authenticity and rarity of certain coins. And, finally, coins not only have historical value, but also intrinsic value. Whatever coin you have, it is likely worth something for some reason, so start investing!

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Changing Face of Leadership

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There are some elements of great leadership that will never change. A leader must inspire, motivate, and encourage their teams to fulfill their common goal. However, even though those basic principles of leadership will never change, the environment in which leaders must lead is constantly evolving. Here are the biggest challenges for leaders.

First, a great leader today must keep up with rapidly evolving technology. This is especially true for business leaders. You must be able to embrace the latest tools of the job and use it to help your staff and your business gets ahead. If you, yourself, are unable to keep up with all the current trends, make sure that someone on your staff is and have them update you with how they are using technology to benefit your company.

Another thing that the current business leader has to stay ahead of is globalization and changing demographics. The Internet has opened up endless possibilities for taking your business global, don’t ignore that fact! Find opportunities in your field to access untapped markets and take advantage of our “shrinking” world. Pay attention to what goes on in business throughout the world because it will most likely affect you. Additionally, pay attention to the demographics of your consumers because they are probably changing. Demographics everywhere are shifting as people become more itinerant and migrate across the country and globe. This matters not only in who you are selling to, but in who you are hiring. Make sure your work force is diverse so that you can have as many perspectives as possible.

It is also important as a leader to understand the needs and motivations of your customer base. This is also changing as fast as technology and the world are changing so keep your eyes and ears open. The CEO of home fitness solutions company Nautilus, Bruce Cazenave says, “not only can business leaders get caught up in outdated policies and yesterday’s successes; they can also quickly lose sight of the emerging needs of their target audience…It’s imperative to understand the emotional and intellectual essentials of your customers better than anyone else, and then motivate your organization to deliever innovative, relevant products and solutions that meet [customers’] needs.”

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