Category: Leadership

Leadership: Stamp Out Assholes Now!

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If you’ve ever had a really bad boss, you know what it’s like. When I worked for my version of the Worst Boss Ever, it affected just about everything. We spent a lot of time playing defense and trying to stay out of our boss’s way. After one of his grandiose lectures, or abusive tantrums, it took us a long time to  »  Read More

What I learned and didn’t learn from my worst boss ever

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I met my worst boss ever (WBE) when I was still a management trainee. That was the day we had our first confrontation. I was working in one of my company’s service centers, several hundred miles from our home office. WBE was visiting to “inspect” our facility and evaluate my boss on the way the center ran. He  »  Read More

Leadership: Getting Intrinsic Motivation Right

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About a week ago, my seven-year-old grandson asked me how old I was. When I told him I was 71, his eyes got really, really big, like he didn’t realize that numbers went that high. I know you’re supposed to want to be young again, but I don’t. When I was young I got a lot of things wrong and I was constantly surprised  »  Read More

Leadership lessons from watching a great cook

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I love to eat. Which is why one of the special blessings of my life is being married to a great cook. The way the Princess learned and learns to cook has several lessons about mastering any worthwhile set of skills, including leadership. Mastery takes time. You don’t become a great cook all at once. My wife began  »  Read More

Getting Candid about Candor

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When Walt Whitman spoke of “candor” in the preface to Leaves of Grass, he was referring to a virtue. In his day, “candor” meant what Merriam-Webster calls “unstained purity.” Today, author Kim Scott wants us to practice Radical Candor so that we can “be a kick-ass boss without losing your humanity.”  »  Read More

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