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ADVANCED LIFE DESIGN We believe any achievement of ours is somehow diminished if we don’t do it entirely by ourselves. If there’s credit to be had, we want to do it ourselves. And another big part of why we don’t ask for help is psychic selfpreservation on our part; if we fall short of our goal, we want to contain the failure to a circle of one: ourselves. If no one knows what we’re striving for, then no one can criticize us for faltering. We don’t want to feel the shame of asking for help and not achieving our goal, so we don’t ask for help at all. Shame of not being good enough, of not being “perfect” is a hugely discouraging trigger when it comes to asking for help and as a result many people just don’t do it at all. They don’t get better, they don’t change, and they don’t become the person they want to be. This is the ultimate hazard of not asking for help. SHIFT: What characteristics do you want to see in tomorrow's coaches, CEOs, and entrepreneurs? MG: In The Global Leader of the Future, we found that there are five characteristics of leadership that are seen as being clearly more important in the future than in the past. It would be great to see leaders, coaches, and CEOs focus on these characteristics. They are: 1) Think Globally: Globalization is a trend that has a major impact on the leaders. In the past, even major companies could focus on their own country or, at most, their own region. Those days are over. 2) Appreciate Cultural Diversity: Motivational strategies that are effective in one culture may actually be offensive in another culture. Leaders who can effectively understand, appreciate, and motivate colleagues in multiple cultures will become an increasingly valued resource in the future. 3) Demonstrate Technological Savvy: Technological savvy is a key competency for leaders. Leaders should understand how the intelligent use of new technology can help their organizations; recruit, develop, and maintain a network of technically competent people; know how to make and manage investments in new technology; and be positive role models in leading the use of new technology. 4) Build Partnerships: Building partnerships and alliances of all kinds is far more important today than it was in the past. The changing role of customers, suppliers, and partners has deep implications for leaders. In the past it was clear who your “friends” were and who your “enemies” were. 15