Category: Leadership

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

Solving Problems Three Ways

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“Houston, we have a problem.” That phrase has worked its way into the lexicon. Never mind that it’s not exactly what astronaut Jack Swigert said on April 13, 1970. Now we often use the phrase humorously to indicate an “oops!” The reason the phrase has become so popular is that all of us have problems all the  »  Read More

Leadership Balance

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When it comes to leadership, we’ve got the idea of balance all wrong. Our basic definitions of balance include words like “stability” and “equipoise” and “equilibrium.” But business is a dynamic, moving, ever-changing thing. Equilibrium, if it exists at all, exists for only a nanosecond. Another way we get  »  Read More

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