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Hustle vs Hurry

Hustle is responsive. Hurry is reactive. Hustle is planned. Hurry is chaos. Hustle is measurable. Hurry is ambiguous. Hustle is...

Replace Your Bath Towels

My wife returned from Costco recently with a giant pile of new bath towels. This surprised me, as we already have bath towels. "I'm...

"Ignorant" is Not an Insult

Being ignorant is morally neutral. Ignorant is a loaded word, to be sure, and I don't recommend referring to your colleague this way....

Give Away More than You Should

As leaders, one of our central responsibilities is to develop the capacities of those on our team. Put another way, our job is to make...

Here’s a Story about a Mistake I Made

I was in a sales meeting recently where I made a mistake. Not a huge mistake, or a particularly damaging one, but it represented an...

KISS

Keep it simple, stupid. Or perhaps, keep it simple and straightforward. This phrase comes from the world of spacecraft design, where...

Managing the Risks of Your Decisions

It's the burden of leadership to make decisions with incomplete information where the outcomes are uncertain and the stakes are high. If...

A Simple Way to Think about Strategy

Early on in my tenure in business school, I developed the disturbing habit of using corporate jargon in everyday language. I said things...

Stubbornness vs Persistence

There's a fine line between stubbornness and persistence. Stubbornness is refusing to acknowledge the circumstances have changed, and so...

Quick Reminder

Quick reminder: Connection over Contracts. You get further faster with trust, alignment, and relationship than legally binding language....

What Game Are You Playing?

I sat down this week and wrote out 10 investing principles that guide my financial investments. Principle 3: Fear of missing out means...

3 Things to Do Before Asking for a Raise

You're probably underpaid. It's an unfortunate fact of organizational life that salary bands tend to increase more slowly inside the...

How I Learn Quickly

In my role as consultant, I've worked with community service nonprofits, educational institutions, automotive mechanics, construction...

The Best Use of a Leader's Time

Overwhelm is real and activities necessary to running a business can easily swamp even the most capable leaders. When that happens, keep...

Two Ways to Get More out of Your Team

Being able to get the most out of your team is a helpful skill as a leader. And one way to get the most out of your team is to identify...

How Meetings Fail (and how to fix it)

Meetings fail when they wander through generalities, accomplish little, and consume the attention of people who could be making better...

Try Something New

When was the last time you acquired a new skill? There are merits, of course, to sticking to what you're already good at. Warren Buffet...