Leadership “wisdom” that makes me crazy

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Did you know that there are almost 300 books that Amazon thinks contain “leadership secrets?” Do a Google search for the phrase and you’ll get more than nine million results in about half a second. That makes me crazy. We’ve studied leaders and leadership for millennia. Is it really possible  »  Read More

Leading yourself: A Baker’s Dozen of Things to Master

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You can’t lead others if you can’t lead yourself. Here are a baker’s dozen of things to master if you want to lead yourself well and get on the road to becoming the best leader you can be. Master your smartphone. Your smartphone is the Swiss Army Knife of the Digital Age. There are calendars, reminders  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 8/10/22

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Independent business blogs are blogs that aren’t supported by an organization like a magazine, newspaper, company, or business school. Those people provide lots of great content, but they don’t need any additional exposure. In this post, every week, I bring you posts of quality from excellent bloggers that  »  Read More

Book recommendations for business leaders: 8/8/22

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Leaders are readers. Reading helps you discover ideas to try and expand your mental models. In this post, I point you to reviews of recent business books. You’ll find pointers to reviews of Reach: Create the Biggest Possible Audience for Your Message, Book, or Cause, The Man Who Broke Capitalism: How Jack Welch Gutted  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Conserve your mental energy

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Research confirms what common sense suggests. Knowledge work is real work that uses up real energy. So, just as you save your physical energy for important physical tasks, do the same with your mental energy. Do important work first. That way you use energy for what’s important. Use automatic reminders to keep  »  Read More

Return to the Office is Not the Same for Everyone

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In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake devastated Northern California. It put a huge crack in Candlestick Park, dropped a section of the Bay Bridge into the water, and rendered the building where I had my office too dangerous to enter. I shifted to using my home office full time for about a year. I began thinking about having  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 8/3/22

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Independent business blogs are blogs that aren’t supported by an organization like a magazine, newspaper, company, or business school. Those people provide lots of great content, but they don’t need any additional exposure. In this post, every week, I bring you posts of quality from excellent bloggers that  »  Read More

Reading Recommendation Short Take: Redesigning Work: How to Transform Your Organization and Make Hybrid Work for Everyone

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There are, conservatively, 300 gazillion books published every year. No one has the time to list them, let alone read them or review them. That’s a problem because there’s a lot of value in many books you may not hear about because of the clutter.  “Short Takes” is my humble effort to cut through  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Failure is a concept, not a result

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When you try something, you get a result. If the result is not what you intended, you can make it a “failure” simply by labeling it “failure.” Some people use failure as a motivation. If that’s you, then the failure label will spur you on. But other people take an emotional hit from  »  Read More

Follow what science?

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Thanks to the pandemic, we’ve become familiar with the phrase, “follow the science.” That would be great if there was agreement on just what should be followed. Politicians claim to “follow the science” and accuse the other side of failing to do so. If all you followed was the public debate, you might think  »  Read More

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