If you call mean, "mean".Or if you call kind, "kind". That is OK, and despite some discomfort in the first case, people will have the tools to decide if they want to stick around or not. The real disaster, though, is when you call mean, "kind". As in. The most important asset is our people, … Continue reading Naming and acting
The ultimate test to your ideas is to see if they stick once you are gone. Crystallise them, test them, make them spread. And then, remove yourself from the situation and see what others do with them. If they are good, people will continue using them, they'll make them yours and eventually even improve them. … Continue reading Sticky ideas
We are all subject to the pitfalls of "this time will be different". Sometimes ago, I was listening to a podcast featuring Guy Kawasaki. Guy promotes a pretty interesting and well known framework for presentations - the 10/20/30 rule. That is to say 10 slides, in 20 minutes, with text on the slides set at … Continue reading Bending the rules
What do other people get if you achieve what you want? If you have a target, and you are committed to it, the best way to approach it is to first figure out what others have to gain. Your colleagues, your boss, the other managers, your company, your stakeholders. It's a great exercise to keep … Continue reading What do others get?
The message of Peak Performance, by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness, is as simple to understand as it is difficult to apply in practice. Stress + rest = growth That is to say, if you alternate periods of intense work, work that takes you a little beyond your limits, yet not too much, with periods … Continue reading Peak performance
Leadership is not a title. A leader might have a title, and yet not having a title does not mean you cannot act as a leader. Seeing something that others do not see yet, and taking them with you on the path to discovery. Leadership is not telling others what to do. On that path, … Continue reading Leadership is not
There's a general belief that a great talker is also a great communicator. That might be true, and yet I find that most often it is not. The way I see it, there are three core qualities of a great communicator (that a great talker not necessarily has). First, great communicators craft their messages carefully. … Continue reading Great communicators