Start with what you know

Many innovators and strategists are obsessed with predicting how the world will change in the future, and then they then try and develop new products and business models to fit this “new hypothetical world”. As Jeff Bezos describes, it can be even more valuable to figure out what will not change in the future.

4 ways to quiet imposter syndrome and start believing in yourself

This was quite a timely read for me. I, unfortunately, work on a team where nobody at a working level is quite sure what we are collectively trying to achieve; i.e. the longer term goals of the team, and indeed the corporation, are simply not clear to anyone. Repeated attempts to urge leadership to work…

6 Exercises To Strengthen Compassionate Leadership

Want loyal, dedicated, and passionate employees? Be a loyal, dedicated, and passionate boss. Here are some tools to develop well-being in your workplace through better communication. When you use compassionate communication in your conversations, something quite surprising occurs: both your brain and the brain of the person you’re talking to begin to align themselves with…

To Build Trust, Competence is Key

In our last blog , we discussed the importance of trust. It’s the foundation of all you do as a leader and manager. Your ability to influence others, which is your fundamental task, begins with people’s willingness to be influenced by you. And their willingness begins with their trust in you — their confidence that…

Do Your People Trust You?

When we talk to managers, we often ask, “Do your people trust you?” Most are taken aback. It’s not something they’re often asked or a question they’ve even asked themselves. After some thought, most eventually say something like, “Well, I think so. I hope so. No one’s said he doesn’t.” In fact, as they ultimately…

6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

You’re the boss, but you still spend too much time on the day-to-day. Here’s how to become the strategic leader your company needs. In the beginning, there was just you and your partners. You did every job. You coded, you met with investors, you emptied the trash and phoned in the midnight pizza. Now you…

8 Essential Principles of Effective Leadership

Gayle Beebe has written a book on how effective and moral leaders develop and more importantly, how they must continue to develop. Too often leaders think they have made it and stop working on themselves. Eventually they become leaders in title only. He writes in The Shaping of an Effective Leader: Our understanding of leadership…

Making Up Our Minds

When are people individuals and when are they part of a group? Based on the research of Adam  Waytz And Liane  Young As America’s recent financial crisis worsened, politicians, pundits, and the public debated who to blame: Does the fault lie with particular executives, fund managers, or regulatory officials—or should we blame the banks themselves,…

How to Run a Successful Project

The key is to understand and manage employees’ emotional engagement with their work Many projects fail because organizations put their practices before their people. This happens when organizations try to make an employee’s human nature and emotional makeup fit their processes and policies. This traditional approach to project management emphasizes developing complex guidelines to manage…