POSTS IN Leadership

Will you be found out?

The manager’s dilemma. Recently I was having coffee with a friend who works at a well-established management consulting company near my house. He was telling me about a very uncomfortable conversation he had had earlier in the day that called into question one of his employee’s ethics. He thought he might have to fire this person. He turned to me and said, […]

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My Wife Hates Bananas

We went to a banana convention. My wife really hates bananas. She can’t stand them. The texture, smell, look and even the suggestion of bananas make her vomitous. Even the best, most caring, highest quality farmer of bananas would not be able to convince her that bananas are something she should reintroduce into her life. Even […]

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Shut Up and Listen (And Other Advice for First-Time Leaders)

Unless you’re a solo freelancer, chances are you will eventually be thrust into a leadership position. As creatives, we must embrace this challenge and not shy away from it, as a fear of being a leader can subconsciously hold us back from advancing in our career. Being entrusted with a leadership role in your workplace […]

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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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6 Ways to Build a Team of Do-ers and Decision-Makers

The death of strategic planning has been greatly exaggerated. But it’s true that we’re at a moment in time where top-down planning is less and less effective. Rather than set a plan and rigid parts to have others deliver on it, as a leader it’s more efficient to set strategic direction and then hand over […]

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