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The Destructive Advisor: When a Leader’s Closest Ally is Her Undoing

Why do otherwise promising leaders hitch their wagon to an anchor? Being an effective and ethical leader is exhausting. It requires constant effort and a strong group of allies and advisors (i.e., other leaders). When you’re desperate or feel like you’re drowning and someone tosses you a rope, you can be so eager and grateful for the gesture that sometimes you don’t notice when … Read More The Destructive Advisor: When a Leader’s Closest Ally is Her Undoing

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The Slow Boil: Why We Shouldn’t Shy Away from Politics When Discussing Leadership

Some people, I have found, are displeased when we mix politics with talk of leadership. Readers who feel this way, I surmise, just want to stay focused on what they know to be an important subject without having to wade through someone’s political opinions to get to the point. They want to be free to talk business and share knowledge of their profession without … Read More The Slow Boil: Why We Shouldn’t Shy Away from Politics When Discussing Leadership

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A Simple Way to Improve How Your Work Gets Done

There’s a lot of information out there about the importance of creating workflows and documenting processes. Process outlines and checklists are incredibly important for cross training, consistent and accurate service, reducing error, and continuous improvement. A lot of smart folks are giving great advice on the subject, but it can also be intimidating. For many situations the methods they provide for documentation is overkill. … Read More A Simple Way to Improve How Your Work Gets Done

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The Rise of Horseshit Leaders

What the hell is happening? We can look back at centuries of what makes good and bad leadership. Our culture is rife with leadership programs, courses, and institutes. Books on leadership rain from the sky. We are obsessed with leadership. And yet in virtually every industry and institution today we can find numerous examples of absolute horseshit leaders and they only seem to be … Read More The Rise of Horseshit Leaders

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Introverts, Extroverts, and Being Out of Your Comfort Zone

I loved the movie The Omega Man when I was a kid. Charlton Heston is seemingly the only man left in the world. He spends his days scavenging the city for goods (sometimes really good goods), and every night he barricades himself inside his fancy house to protect himself from the apocalyptic mutants known as The Family that ravage the Earth. He’s safe outside … Read More Introverts, Extroverts, and Being Out of Your Comfort Zone