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like speaking up at a meeting when you would normally stay silent -- is
also exercise. If you want to improve your energy or your thinking,
going for a walk or a run will help you do it.
     My focus in this book is on finding "exercises" that you are motivated
to do because you can see the benefits.
     At the end of each major section, I have given some exercises to help
you strengthen your leadership muscles. They are designed to reinforce
the inner you, so you will be a more powerful leader.
     The exercises have three parts: Ask, Act, and Associate. By asking
questions, you will increase self-awareness and learn from others. By tak-
ing action, your skills and experience will increase. By associating -- or
"hanging around" other leaders -- you will get good ideas, feedback,
knowledge, and support.
     Remember: It is the experience resulting from practice that will help you
feel better and reach your goals. Do whatever you can to build these
exercises into your day. The more you invest, the more you will be
paid back.

Spaced Repetition

How well do you remember information? The date of your anniversary?
Names of people you meet? Telephone numbers? What you had for
lunch yesterday?
     Most people don't remember very much about what they read or
hear. That's why spaced repetition is so important. All it means is that if
you do something more than once, you will remember more about it.
     Here is how to apply it:

     First, read this book through quickly . See if you agree with the
     main ideas and find them useful. Have a pen handy. Put a check-
     mark in the margin beside key points. Cross out what you disagree
     with. (As long as you don't cross out the whole book, it is okay
     with me.)
          Then go through the book again. Take longer this time. Think
     about how you can apply it in your daily work. Highlight or under-

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