If you are a leader and complain about the fact that people in your team are not as committed, as present, as hardworking, as involved as you are, here are two things to think about. You are the leader, and in most situations this comes with some benefits (not only monetary) that other team members … Continue reading Wishful thinking
Harmony is rarely a first choice. As humans, we are wired to seek for friction, to look at the world from our perspective, to burst when somebody does not agree, to focus on one negative even when it comes with one hundred positives. We never shy away from a challenge, and then we try to … Continue reading Harmony
Categories help us make sense of the world. And they are solid and merciless prisons. We use categories to define ourselves and others, and we fail to understand, for the most part, that while they are a useful tool, they are fictitious. It's way too easy to take on our shoulders the burden a full … Continue reading A step sideway
Most change happens inadvertently. Some things, or more often than not many things, evolve and stop to be what they were in the beginning. Gradually, you change as well, and at some point you stop, look back, reflect, and realise that change has happened. It's nobody's fault (or merit), just the nature of things. Some … Continue reading Communicate or manage
One of the most overlooked pains in (growing) organizations is that of great performers promoted into leadership roles. Accepting that executing and leading require two completely different sets of skills, and accompanying the transition with coaching and mentoring, would save companies a lot of money in the long run.
It's urgent. I want it this way. Go get it done right now. All parents know these things work. They trigger a sense of fear towards authority (actual or supposed). People want to avoid troubles - most of us do most of the time, at least. And so, forcing the hand, threatening, raising the voice. … Continue reading Until they do not work anymore
When you are short on money. When you are depleted. When you simply have too much to do. When there's an emergency. When your plans are at risk. What do you cut? A couple of things to consider. Be in a position in which what you cut is up to you, as much as possible. … Continue reading Cut