Last week, you learned why it’s useful to challenge the mental habit of climbing up the ladder of inference (i.e., applying filters to the facts in ways that distort reality like a crazy funhouse mirror).
Understanding that we all run this inferential sequence hundreds of times a day allows you a better chance at recognizing when it’s happened to you. Building your self-awareness about how you work your own ladder of inference—and understanding how to come down off that ladder—are two stellar ways to get better at reality.
We are now ready to build on the foundation you created with Weeks 2 and 3. As we enter Week 4, we will begin adding several game-changing moves to your toolkit. This week, we’ll focus on executive presence.
Week 4 Learning Objectives
At the end of this week’s Lesson, you will be able to answer the following questions:
- What does executive presence mean, anyway?
- I keep hearing about “conviction of belief,” “clarity of thought,” and “composure under pressure,” but what do these qualities look like in real life?
- How can I build my executive presence?
- What is Executive Presence, Anyway?
- EP Practice #1 — Demonstrate Integrity by Being For-the-Business
- EP Practice #2 — Demonstrate Integrity by Being a Truth-Teller
- Conviction of Belief — Owning It
- EP Practice #3 — Demonstrate Conviction by Taking a Stand
- EP Practice #4 — Demonstrate Conviction by Filling Action Vacuums
- EP Practice #5 — Demonstrate Conviction by Playing into the White Spaces
- The Essentials
- Learning Lab — Experiments
- Optional Further Reading, References and Notices