Don’t Be A Super Chicken

This TED Talk resonated for me when I first saw it, because one of my early client success pivoted on recognizing that the best people for a particular client were the “helpful” ones. Margaret Heffernan puts her thumb on a sore spot  and pushes when she argues that individual achievement is actually counter-productive to achievement.

Margaret Heffernan: Why it’s time to forget the pecking order at work

Forget the Pecking Order

The Golden Circle

One of my favourite business video, by Simon Sinek – “Start with Why”. This truth is applicable to sales, marketing, persuasion, vision, brand, and leadership. It’s what drive behaviour, and where decisions come from.

In my humble opinion, if I may add to what Simon says, if you can figure out your “why”, everything is easier. If you can’t explain your “why” to your grandmother or your eight-year-old, then you probably don’t really understand it.

How Great Leaders Inspire Action

How Great Leaders Inspire Action


Should Leaders Be Nice or Not?

Interesting article on “Academic Assholes” that got me thinking.

I have to admit that I have less and less patience for working with people that are jerks. That may give the appearance of greater intelligence and competence, but they’re usually not. There are lots of great business (and academic) leaders out there who are “nice” and successful. You just don’t get to hear about them because they’re also not narcissistic or histrionic (i.e. they don’t sell books or newspapers).

Not Enough Competent Women Leaders? No . . .

maybe just to many incompetent men.

Google Does the Research on Team Dynamics

The new Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam - RTS6X3W

…and here are the results

Working on the Business

When you work in the business, don’t forget to work on the business.

When You Hit the Complexity Ceiling

There is a predictable obstacle to company growth that most companies hit the 15-20 employee milestone. Be ready for it.

You Get What You Pay Attention To – Including Your Team

Yes, you have to put effort into maintaining your best employees too. If you spend all your time mentoring / coaching / training / fixing your squeaky wheels, that’s what your whole team will become. You get what you spend time with.

How Empathy Beats Intelligence

Don’t be a super chicken. Don’t let super chickens on to your team.

The Cost of Toxic Workers

Get them out

Get them out

It has much more of an impact than you think. While you’re trying to keep all the plates in your business spinning, they are literally knocking things over behind your back. Want to stop working quite so hard? Start having the crucial / uncomfortable / icky conversations you’ve been avoiding. That’s leadership.

The impact of toxic workers (Harvard Gazette)