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Simplicity What else? Answered by William D. Green , Accenture   I was not a good student. I took what they call today a gap year, but back then it was called "finding  yourself." I did one of those, and I finally found my way into a two-year college. I went from an underperformer to a  solid performer, with a little inspiration from some professors. That had a profound effect on me, to realize how much  raw talent there is out there for us to exploit, leverage, take advantage of, and how much talent there is that people  can give that organizations don’t mine, they don’t harvest, they don’t get the best of, because of structure, because of  strategy, because of rules. This answer originally appeared in 68 Rules? No, Just 3 Are Enough »   So how do you break through? Answered by William D. Green , Accenture   I once sat through a three-day training session in our company, and this was for new managers, very  capable people who were ready for a big step up. I counted, over three days, 68 things that we told them they needed  to do to be successful, everything from how you coach and mentor, your annual reviews, filling out these forms, all this  stuff. And I got up to close the session, and I’m thinking about how it isn’t possible for these people to remember all  this. So I said there are three things that matter. The first is competence — just being good at what you do, whatever it  is, and focusing on the job you have, not on the job you think you want to have. The second one is confidence. People  want to know what you think. So you have to have enough desirable self-confidence to articulate a point of view. The  third thing is caring. Nothing today is about one individual. This is all about the team, and in the end, this is about  giving a damn about your customers, your company, the people around you, and recognizing that the people around  you are the ones who make you look good. When young people are looking for clarity — this is a huge, complex global  company, and they wonder how to navigate their way through it — I just tell them that. This answer originally appeared in 68 Rules? No, Just 3 Are Enough »   How do you run meetings? Answered by James E. Rogers , Duke Energy  
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I want to know at the very beginning of a meeting, "What are you asking me to do?" or "What are you  recommending that we do? Tell me right at the beginning so that I can listen to the presentation in the context of  that." I believe there is such a thing as death by PowerPoint. Because I believe, and this is the storyteller in me and 
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