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Leadership lessons from Frank Underwood

“Power is a lot like real estate. It’s all about location, location, location. The closer you are to the source, the higher your property value.”

— Frank Underwood

Do you binge watch House of Cards like me? The fourth season of House of Cards has passed by so suddenly and now, we all have to play the waiting game to see what notorious President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) will offer us next season.

Why is this series so addictive? It is because he is ruthless and driven mad by his own ambitions? Is Frank a good person; a good politician? Do you see a version of Frank Underwood inside you? 

Whether you love him or love to hate him, Frank Underwood is an effective leader, a great manipulator, and strategist. He knows what he wants and exactly how to get it.

I do not recommend you embody his persona and hunger for power. Instead, I encourage you to take note of his leadership qualities and replicate them in your own life. In this post, I share four leadership qualities that Frank Underwood displays. 

1: Stop complaining, find solutions

“What is the face of a coward? The back of his head as he runs from the battle.”

Throughout all four seasons and all the conundrums thrown at Underwood, you’ll observe that instead of complaining endlessly, you’ll see his relentless and master strategist side come to life. He would never turn his back at times of difficulties instead, he faces them untamed. 

He sees every setback as an opportunity to set up for a huge comeback. Several instances of Frank Underwood working his way through inevitable obstacles were demonstrated in Season 1, where his fight over his Education Bill against Martin (Marty) Spinella, the head leader of teacher’s union. Also, later in the series where the party’s leadership was unwilling to back him in the Presidential run.

These events show how truly resilient Frank Underwood is and how capable he is in finding better possibilities in each setback.

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2: Be relentless

“I’ve always loathed the necessity of sleep. Like death, it puts even the most powerful men on their backs.”

There is no denying it: Frank Underwood is persistent and he never backs down easily… or even at all. We don’t advise you to skip sleep. Frank sees sleep as a vulnerability, and what does vulnerability imply? Weakness. What does he does instead? He keeps moving; he keeps on moving forward. 

From the early episodes of the series you will see that with all the handful of problems in his way, you won’t see him down on his knees or laying in atrophy. As a leader, he prepares himself for hard working days as well as encourages his team to mirror his relentlessness.

Rather than dodge all the hard circumstances, he welcomes it with a grin on his face and open arms. He’s positive that somehow in some ways, he’ll get around and through it. Dedication, commitment, and persistence are three key combinations that make a great leader.

3: Treat others fairly

“Friends make the worst enemies.”

This you can learn from Underwood in two different instances. First, whenever he pushes his colleagues too far and turns to publicly humiliate them. His hunger for power urges him to step over other people’s lives. No, that isn’t ideal. A great leader respects everyone as how he wants them to respect him.

The other example is how he treats Freddy, the BBQ joint owner. Despite Underwood’s success in life and ranking, he still goes back to the good old joint to churn on some good ribs. He treats Freddy kindly, far more respect than his political colleagues.

The bottom line is, treat everyone with respect and dignity. Without this, no matter how great of a leader you are, you won’t perform outstandingly.

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4: Stand your ground

“If you don’t like how the table is set, turn over the table.”

Frank speaks this out time and time again. Admit it or not; let’s face it, some cases you’ll need to say ‘no’ — even when interacting with executive members of your team. If there’s a strong feeling in your gut that needs to be uttered even if it’s turning down a suggestion and speaking your mind, do it.

Courage is what leaders have and is what led them to the top. It’s more than just a strategy, it’s stating your own valuable case.

He maybe a sociopath but at the end of the day, he’s the one sitting on the iron throne. What other leadership characteristics you think Frank Underwood embodies? Leave a comment below and share it with us!

About Chie Suarez

Aside from providing tips and hacks in personal and career development, Chie Suarez is also a resident writer for The Fordham Company — one of Australia’s top celebrity management companies and a major celebrity speakers bureau.

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Top 10 Best Countries to Recharge your Soul and Ignite your Passions

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Running a business can be tiresome to a point that it can lead to exhaustion and burnout. When you are that exhausted, you probably need to stop what you’re doing and embark on an adventure to relax, refresh and recharge your soul. When you change your environment you get a fresh perspective. It’s a chance to re-ignite you with your passions and reflect on your future with more clarity. Here are ten countries that will offer just that in 2020.

1. Thailand

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Many people know that Thailand has incredibly friendly people, exotic culture and mouth-watering food. But, did you also know that this side of the world boasts a jaw-dropping coastline that stretches over 2500 miles? The mix of the beautiful beaches, dense forests, delicious cuisine and a rich culture makes it one of the best places for recharge adventure.

Start your trip in Bangkok. The city boasts of incredible historical sights, lots of amazing cuisine offers, zoos and rooftop bars to invigorate your mind. Then head to Krabi, Thailand’s most picturesque island. Here, you get a chance to experience the calmness of the boat rids encased by scenic landscapes. Don’t forget to check the weather in Krabi before booking the ticket. Wrap your vacation with a visit to Sukhothai, an ancient city, to learn about some history of the Thai people.

Thailand is an incredibly popular place for entrepreneurs to launch their startups while minimising their expenses.

2. Philippines

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Boasting over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is best known as the world’s second-largest archipelago. From beaches to mountain resorts as well as wellness villages, there is a lot to enjoy in this part of the world. It is comprised of scenic views of mountains, beaches and rainforests, which can help you unwind.

Some of the most scenic places to visit in the Philippines include the Chocolate hills for a hike, the rice fields of Batad along with a swim at Tappiya falls and a hike to the peak of Mount Pulang. Cap your visit by a boat ride at Boracay Beach. Here, you can take cliff jumps and relax in the golden sunsets.

3. Turkey

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After a long day, there is perhaps nothing more rewarding than a nap. But, black Friday shopping in Turkey is one of the best ways to relax and unwind. It harbours the Karagol-Artvinlake, which is surrounded by spruce and pine trees.

Head towards Datca, with the Mediterranean in the south and the Aegean in the north. Do not leave Datca before enjoying the delicious fish at the beach. Then, visit the hot springs of Pamukkale where you get a relaxing spa treatment with aromatic oils. While here, learn some history at Hierapolis ancient theatre and museum.

4. Austria

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Skip Switzerland this time and hop into its less touristy neighbour- Austria. You are yet to see better medieval architecture than what Vienna holds. Its quaint cafes and cobbled streets make it the ultimate relaxation destination. Salzburg is a top destination you do not want to miss. While here, take a bicycle tour towards the highest point in Europe- Krimml Falls.

Take a tour of the Vienna State Opera where you enjoy get a live performance and laugh your way into the evening. Do not forget to the medieval old town in Innsbruck and the Hofburg imperial palace. Innsbruck offers scenic views and cool breezes to relax your mind.

5. Spain

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Want to visit Europe mid-season? Spain should be a relaxation destination to choose from. Visit Madrid and Barcelona, as well as the Alhambra in Granda. You might also be lucky to enjoy one of the countryside’s festivals. Visit the city of Flamenco and marvel at the splendour of its gothic cathedral. It is also home to Alcazar castle and mediaeval Jewish quarters. There are also historical palaces in Madrid. Wind your visit with a tour of the coastal city of Valencia and enjoy the warm beaches.

6. South Africa

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This is one of Africa’s best destinations to visit. The Kruger National Park competes with Kenya’s Masai Mara in terms of the variety of wildlife available. Head towards the Kalahari Desert or the table mountain and be sure to taste the best African wine. After France and Italy, South Africa is the next place to taste good wine.

Visit the city of Cape Town for great views of the famous table mountains. You will also visit the Robben Island prison where Mandela was imprisoned. There are also relaxing beaches and vibrant nightlife in the city to clear up your mind.

7. Liberia

This is a top West Africa destination to visit. With protected tropical rainforests, Sapo National Park is a habitat for many animals, including elephants, pygmy hippos, chimpanzees and tropical birds. You will also get to enjoy gold-sand beaches and surf spots.

Do not leave without visiting Monrovia, the coastal capital city of the country. It has wonderful warm beaches and is a great place to experience the best of western African culture. Liberia is a haven for nature lovers and is quite relaxing.

8. Morocco

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This part of the world should be in your bucket list of places to visit. Enjoy long camel treks, explore the ancient cities and take a hike to enjoy the site of panoramic views. Some of the most unique places include Casablanca, which is famed for awesome architecture and ancient mosques. Then, go for a surfing trip on Essaouria as you explore the 18th-century fortress. There are several other coastal cities that include Tangier, Rabat and Agadir.

9. Indonesia

Indonesia boasts a chain of islands you must explore. If you can only visit one of them, choose Bali. Experience the fun of Bali’s cultural centre Ubud or head towards Mount Agung. You may want to enjoy dolphin watching instead at Lovina. If you love surfing, visit the coastal town of Kuta, it offers amazing pristine beaches and vibrant nightlife. Do not leave without visiting Gili Islands for water diving to see water turtles, coral reefs and an ancient sunken ships

10. Australia

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Australia has almost everything you need to stop and unwind from the grind. From ski resorts to theme parks, wildlife and mountains to beaches. Visit the Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling or enjoy some time in nature with many incredible bushwalking trails for you to explore, such as the famous Blue Mountains, which is only a train ride away from Sydney, New South Wales. While you’re in Sydney, take up a surfing lesson at Bondi Beach followed by a show at the Opera House. You can also enjoy quiet time at the Gold Coast, which boasts amazing theme parks, beaches and canals. Travel to Melbourne to enjoy the tranquil Royal Botanic Gardens. Travel the city via Tram and get lost in one of the famous Melbourne laneways, where you’ll discover some of the best coffee in the world.

Taking a trip to one of these places is one of the best ways to refocus and return home with a renewed passion for your business. Who knows, you mind find yourself wanting to work from your laptop and embrace a new way of working and travelling.

About the Author:

Katherine owns the Social Butterfly Travel Blog. She also works as a digital marketer in a Thailand-based digital marketing company called Noria. Her hobbies include eating, travelling and drinking. She loves coffee so much that, at times, she hops from one café to the next just to sample different blends of the beverage.

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Top 30 Inspiring Oprah Winfrey Quotes to Give You Courage

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Imagine growing up in poverty, being teased for dressing in potato sacks because you can’t afford to wear anything else. These are the humble beginnings of Oprah Winfrey, who was actually called ‘Orpah’, named after a biblical character. The name was often mispronounced, and of course, ‘Oprah’ stuck.

Oprah Winfrey popularised the talk show format, for which she interviewed many celebrities over the years. She created a safe, intimate and confessional environment for her guests, which proved extremely popular. With a net worth of $3 billion, Oprah Winfrey is one of the most successful entrepreneurs. Beyond money – Oprah has been named the most influential woman of her generation.

When I was a child, my parents encouraged us to watch the Oprah Winfrey show. It wasn’t considered trash TV. I think this was partly because she shared honest, genuine stories from the heart. The Oprah Winfrey show brought us quality content; moments that made us reflect and challenge our own experiences.

Over the years, she has shared much wisdom. In this post, I’ve condensed it all into 30 of the top quotes from Oprah Winfrey. When you’re reading through this list, I would love for you to take a moment to reflect on how Oprah has had an impact on your life, and leave a comment below.

30 Inspirational Oprah Winfrey Quotes

1.“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” ― Oprah Winfrey

2. “The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance–and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.” ― Oprah Winfrey

3. “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” ― Oprah Winfrey

 

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4. “I trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we’re not wise enough to see it.” ― Oprah Winfrey

5. “Often we don’t even realize who we’re meant to be because we’re so busy trying to live out someone else’s ideas. But other people and their opinions hold no power in defining our destiny.” ― Oprah Winfrey

6. “The choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.” ― Oprah Winfrey

7. “The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.” ― Oprah Winfrey

8. “What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life but in other people’s lives.” ― Oprah Winfrey

9. “You don’t become what you want, you become what you believe.” ― Oprah Winfrey

10. “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” ― Oprah Winfrey

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11. “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” ― Oprah Winfrey

12. “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.” ― Oprah Winfrey

13. “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” ― Oprah Winfrey

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14. “If I lost control of the business, I’d lose myself–or at least the ability to be myself. Owning myself is a way to be myself.” ― Oprah Winfrey

15. “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”― Oprah Winfrey

16. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” ― Oprah Winfrey

17. “Use your life to serve the world. You will find that it also serves you.” ― Oprah Winfrey

18. “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire.” – Oprah Winfrey

19. “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” – Oprah Winfrey

20. “Don’t worry about becoming successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.” – Oprah Winfrey

21. “I believe that everyone is the keeper of a dream – and by tuning into one another’s secret hopes, we can become better friends, better partners, better parents, and better lovers.” – Oprah Winfrey

22. “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” – Oprah Winfrey

23. “I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.” – Oprah Winfrey

24. “With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.” – Oprah Winfrey

25. “Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.” – Oprah Winfrey

26. “What I know for sure is that what you give comes back to you.” – Oprah Winfrey

27. “What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people’s lives.” – Oprah Winfrey

28. “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” – Oprah Winfrey

29. “If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think.” – Oprah Winfrey

30. “I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly.” – Oprah Winfrey

Over to you now – leave a comment below sharing with us how Oprah Winfrey has changed your life and which quote is your favourite?

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6 Characteristics of Successful Female Leaders

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The world has become more and more accepting of women, especially in workforces. Albeit there are more things to improve on and be open with, suffice to say we’ve come a long way.

If you’re a woman in a testosterone-dominated field or workplace, there’s no need to keep your head down and zip your mouth. Instead, we encourage you to do the opposite—chin up and speak up. We’re no longer in 1920s; these days, more and more women are rising, making a change and leaving their marks.

 

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No worries, we’re here to guide you every step of your “standing up” advocacy, women are equally as great leaders as men are. Here are six of the common qualities successful women and girl bosses share:

Optimism. Having a positive outlook in life despite failures and setbacks, is a power recipe to achieving success. Not letting any negativity be a hindrance to move forward and welcoming everything with open arms and optimism is what drives a person to keep motivated.

Don’t let any negativity get under your skin. It does nothing but kill your ambitions and goals; decrease your confidence, and tear down your hopes and potential. If you’re surrounded by pessimistic and toxic people, step away from them and keep yourself close to those who bring out the best in you, believes in you and supports you no matter what.

Integrity. As what mentioned earlier, a person with integrity takes full responsibility of any mishaps done by them and do not blame the wrongdoing to others. Similarly, they don’t take full credit of any success projects, they give credit to their team since they worked as a team.

Risk-taker. A leader shouldn’t be afraid of taking risks. Women have strong instincts and guts, whenever they feel like they should do this instead of that, they aren’t scared to risk it and put their best foot forward.

Given that, they’re also not afraid of making mistakes and they take full responsibility for their wrong moves. After all, there will always be risks to take, fears to vanquish, and failures to overcome. Another thing, don’t be afraid to speak your mind. Why is it a risk? Because men often look down on women who steps up and voices their opinions. Yes, you’ll feel underestimated and intimidated but don’t let it stop you from putting yourself out there. Be confident and make smart moves.

Empathetic. Women are naturally empathetic, compassionate, and genuinely kind-hearted. These are traits other leaders usually lack and fail to offer since for some of them, leaders are apathetic.

The ability to listen to others and put yourself in their shoes is a step to making a difference in others’ lives. Offering them comfort, understanding others’ weaknesses and strengths, and having an open mind as what to others have to say is what makes a great leader.

Great teacher. Successful people and great leaders also serve as outstanding teachers. Emphasizing on women leaders, these women have a goal to empower one another. Women always have each other’s backs no matter the circumstance.

Have you got any more to add and share with us? Don’t forget to leave a comment below!

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