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The words that transformed the lives of women leaders
The concept of "above the line" vs. "below the line," the 15 commitments, alignment, and other conscious leadership concepts explained in this introductory guide to conscious leadership.
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«block scheduling is the practice of allocating large chunks of time to related tasks. For example, you might designate Mondays for meetings and Tuesdays for strategy.»
Mindful leadership requires consciously cultivating your ability to be present, open-minded, and compassionate when interacting with team members.
«When a new team member starts, Taylor sets up a meeting to get to know the person as an individual and a professional.»
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«mentors have three things in common. They motivate, inspire, and support.»
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«REPEAT PEOPLE’S LAST FEW WORDS BACK TO THEM. If you remember nothing else, remember this simple practice that does so much. It makes the other person feel listened to, keeps you on track during the conversation, and provides a pause for both of you to gather thoughts or recover from an emotional reaction»
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Avoiding bad decisions is just as important as making good ones. Knowing the warning signs and having a set of rules for your decision-making process limits the amount of luck you need to get good…
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Most teams break in very similar ways. And, even more luckily, most teams can be fixed in similar ways. So, let’s talk about diagnosing and fixing the most broken of teams.
«One of the first things a new manager should look to do is fix broken processes. Broken teams have lots of broken processes with lots of symptoms that would be fixed by better process,»
One of the recurring debates about senior engineering leadership roles is whether Chief Technology Officers should actively write code. There are a lot of strongly held positions, from “Real CTOs…
«There are some general rules. Smaller and pre-market fit companies are more likely to need their executives to build deep context.»
In 2007 Paul Graham, the founder of Y-Combinator, penned an essay titled Microsoft is Dead. The thesis of the article was that Microsoft…
A collection of short anecdotes, simple entertaining or enlightening narratives to add to your storytelling repertoire.
«among the most important stories we know are stories about ourselves.»
Zebras are, on first impression, ridiculous. They are herbivorous pack animals, and their natural habitat is usually some kind of treeless grassland or savanna — green, yellow, and brown. You’d think…
«The power of the consortium. Just because another company (or even a person) is competing with you in one key area doesn’t mean that you need to compete in all areas.»
Subscribe for counterintuitive, surprising, and impactful stories delivered to your inbox every Thursday Many ancient thinkers have written about the dangers of arrogance. The Roman emperor Marcus…
«I think about humility in two ways. One way is being the right size in a given situation — not too big, not too small.»
Being the most extraordinary version of yourself is easy. You just have to ignore the force of gravity. Sure it'll be difficult but nobody said it'd be easy.
This article is based on excerpts from The Unseen Leader (Springer Nature, 2023).“Leadership is about overcoming crises.” “Leadership is about acting when others hesitate.” Management blogs,…
«What to the uncritical viewer looks like “luck” is, in fact, an alignment of planning, intentions, and action with external circumstances. »
People think that leadership is something that just happens. One is anointed a leader. One is promoted to leadership. One is born into leadership. And of course, this is not the case. “Leadership,”…
«Accept the fact that nothing is certain and no law is fixed,” Robert writes. “The best way to protect yourself is to be as fluid and formless as water.»
What are the major management behaviors that can help build trust? Management books often cover the importance of trust, but abstractly. There’s precious little writing about the nuts and bolts, the…
«Do summarize and distill important context for your team; don’t just be a firehose.Do answer questions and go into more detail if team members ask»
Most so-called "strategies" are vague, wishful thinking, written once and never seen again. Don't do that. These are the characteristics of great strategy.
«Average players want to be left alone. Good players want to be coached. Great players want the coach to tell them the truth.»
We asked top hiring managers and startup leaders to share their favorite questions for interviewing management candidates.
«You’re not looking for a mediocre manager to lead a team — you’re looking for someone exceptional. So ditch the rudimentary questions and dig deeper. »
Stop dreading performance reviews. We assembled a list of 12 tips from expert leaders like Lenny Rachitsky, Molly Graham, Russ Laraway, Brie Wolfson, Julie Zhuo and more to make these conversations…
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