Book Review: Dangerous Games

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Early in her book, Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History, Margaret MacMillan sums up the reasons why I read history. “History, if it is used with care, can present us with alternatives, help us to form the questions we need to ask of the present, and warn us about what might go wrong.” Many people have  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Make weaknesses irrelevant

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You’ve heard the advice to build on your strengths. Great performance and careers are made that way. But what about weaknesses? I’ll go with Peter Drucker’s advice: most of the time you should make them irrelevant. Make weaknesses irrelevant by learning to do them “well enough.” Make them  »  Read More

Weekend Leadership Reading: 1/24/20

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular workdays. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take time for some of that reading you can’t find time for during the week. Here are choice articles on hot  »  Read More

Personal Development: Build on your strengths? Yes, and …

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“My best friend and I are arguing about strengths. I say that building on strength is the way to success. He says if you don’t fix your weaknesses, you’ll never get where you want to go. Who’s right?” Justin’s email summarized an argument I’ve been hearing since I first read the advice to “build on  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 1/22/20

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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

Leadership and Management Book Podcast: Great Books We Re-Read

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Want to be sure that you’re going to read a great book? Reread a great book that you’re already read. Art and I are both avid rereaders. In this podcast you’ll learn why we think you should be one, too. We also share two books we return to often and describe how electronic tools can make rereading easier and more  »  Read More

Boss’s Tip of the Week: Enable

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In the Industrial Age when bosses often knew as much or more about the work as the people doing it, control may have been the core of supervision. Today, you probably don’t know as much as the people on your team about the details of their work. If you haven’t done so already, shift from a control mindset to an  »  Read More

Leading Knowledge Workers

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There are several definitions of “knowledge worker.” Almost all them use a phrase something like “workers who think for a living.” But it’s more than thinking, it’s also making decisions and spotting opportunities. Knowledge work is different from manual work or clerical work. If you lead manual workers or  »  Read More

From the Independent Business Blogs: 1/15/20

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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 Review: Sailing True North

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I really wanted to like Sailing True North: 10 Admirals and The Voyage of Character by James Stavridis. I didn’t. A good editor might have saved it. In the preface, Admiral Stavridis says, “I hope to illuminate for the reader the most essential qualities of character, demonstrate how they contribute to effective  »  Read More

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