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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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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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Use These 5 “Weird Rules” To Boost Innovation

The right approach for routine work is almost always wrong for creative work. We look at 5 weird ways to boost your creativity from Stanford professor Robert Sutton.   Ten years ago, Stanford professor Robert I. Sutton wrote a book on how to manage for maximum creativity called Weird Ideas That Work. After studying some of […]

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Self-delusion is One of the Greatest Inventions in Human History: The 2013 99U Conference Recap #99conf

“Self-delusion is one of the greatest inventions in human history.” – AJ Jacobs on how to “act your way into a new way of thinking” The Benefits are in the Seams The 99U Conference is my favorite conference of the year. The smaller size and bias towards action turn out creative types striving for excellent […]

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