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The truth about creativity?

The truth about creativity. David Burkus wrote a great book last year called The Myths of Creativity. This topic is ever fascinating to me. What we assume to be the core traits of creative people — the loner/genius, driven by tidal waves of inspiration, mysteriously working outside the norm — tend to be totally wrong. Being a “creative genius” […]

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The First 90 Days: Your Road Map For Success at a New Job

Transitioning to a new job is not easy; it can be overwhelming to learn your role, create new relationships, assimilate into the culture, and impress your boss all at once. Onboarding programs are tasked with making sure you do one thing: quickly create value for the company. In the definitive book on the topic The First […]

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How to Scale a Service Business

There are still only four ways to make more money, as explained by the Ansoff Matrix, which was published in Harvard Business Review in 1957. (Things haven’t changed much.) From least- to most-risky: Sell existing products to existing customers. Sell new products to existing customers. Sell existing products to new markets. Sell new products to […]

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5 Ways to Handle Workplace Conflicts

One of the hardest parts of being a leader is having difficult conversations: firing someone, getting into it with a client, apologizing for a mistake, or delivering bad news. Many of us choose avoidance as often as possible. That uncomfortable feeling (in your gut, your hands, in the back of the throat) is a warning […]

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Give Good Interview: Shotgun Tips (re-post)

Interviewing someone for a job is a curious skill. It’s like cleaning a loaded gun.  You want to be meticulous about each part or you might accidentally blow your head off. OK, it’s not actually lethal. But it is a multifaceted skill. It’s intuitive in some ways but it’s also about preparation.  It’s about listening […]

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