There are tough bosses, and there are tough bosses we love. Tough-and-great bosses are those who push and criticize us and we still sadistically yearn for more. One of my tough bosses had standards that were barbarically exorbitant. Once we were preparing for a large trade show and he asked us to elevate the grand… Continue reading How Do Tough-and-Great Bosses Make Us Feel?
Here are a few elements of good bossing. They are cheesy, but important. Find a room and spend some time with them privately: 1. “Don’t Just Lead, Lead Well” When you cook, you make sure your food tastes good. When you play tennis, you will try to play well. What about when you lead? From… Continue reading 3 Elements of Good Bossing
More often than not, confusion roots in somebody not saying something that needs to be said, or not saying it in a way that can be heard. Jerry Colonna I believe the leadership skill that every leader should hone is relating. Consider books. Thousands of books are written on a topic, and thousands more are… Continue reading The Leadership Skill We Should All Hone
What’s the best way to tell someone they are doing a shxtty job? Some say a good way is to ask, “How do you prefer to receive feedback?” This doesn’t work, because most people would just answer “give it to me straight.” “Give it to me straight” is the “right” answer. Think about it. Who… Continue reading Don’t Ask “How Do You Prefer to Receive Feedback?”
Thinking about becoming a better leader? Start with 1 of these 4 skills – 4 core leadership skills according to Peter Drucker: Communication.Teamwork.Self-development. Development of others. Now pick 1. You see, most of the time, it’s about WHAT you put your time into. Too many of us spend too much time hopping from one skill to… Continue reading Pick 1: 4 Core Leadership Skills
Can you name what you are actually working on? Most of us can’t, especially when it comes to work skills. Here are 3 skills you may consider putting time into: sell tell stories herd genius We are all Sales:In life, you are constantly selling. You can break “selling” into sub-skills, such as negotiation, influencing, empathetic… Continue reading What Skills Are You Working On?
No matter what we do, we are dealing with people. Be it running a start-up, or climbing the corporate ladder, or trying to order our bespoke almond extra hot coffee. At the core, we are all trying to get good at working efficiently with other beings. Sometimes we call this “leadership.” So no matter how… Continue reading The Core Of Leading
I have 3 life goals. Suck less as a boss. Suck less as a dad. Suck less as a spouse. Along the way, I have found a few cool clichés: 1. Leading is parenting; Parenting is leading. Even if this is not true, it is a fantastic way to think about both tasks. For example:… Continue reading When Life Goals Overlap
Inevitably, all my clients and I converge on one topic. Hiring. Because hiring is hard. It’s such a crapshoot. 🎲 In addition to traditional questions, there are filters that my clients resonate with well. These questions improve: – How we interview candidates – Alignment on candidates assessment – onboarding experience Filter 1: “When you are… Continue reading Filters on Hiring
Two roles lead to world peace. Great parents* and great bosses. Don’t go yet. Hear me out. The stories we tell ourselves determine our contentment and effectiveness in life: We tell ourselves stories. We all do this. It’s as natural as breathing. Hence the goal in life, is not to stop self talks. Don’t fight… Continue reading Bossing For A Peaceful World