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Keep ‘em up! Leadership lessons from boxing

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As any boxing fan will tell you, there’s a whole universe inside that ring. And as Inc will tell you, there’s a lot you can learn about leadership from the boxing ring. For example:

Build Muscle Memory

Eric insists I repeat the very same punch (or the very same defensive move) hour after hour and day after day. Why? He’ll tell you it’s critically important to build muscle memory so that, in the heat of battle, your muscles will respond instinctively.

Muscle memory is equally important in business, especially when times are tough. We recently lost a large client for example. But, having weathered countless storms in the past, I relied on my muscle memory to kick in. So, despite the loss, I maintained the same even-keeled, self-deprecating sense of humor when interacting with employees. I wanted them to know we’d be just fine.

It’s critical that leaders neither get too high on the sweet smell of success nor laid too low by the misery of defeat. By drawing on muscle memory from previous experiences, a leader can maintain an even keel during the most intense moments.

Full story at Inc.

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