“Do not envy those who seem to be naturally gifted.” I am a slow learner and am socially very awkward. Back in college, I was the concert master of the school orchestra. I was very uncomfortable under the spot light. During our first performance, I decided to tilt my head sideways the entire time I… Continue reading I Am Not A Natural Leader (And That’s Great)
“Be authentic?” Well, did the world need Hitler to be more authentic? Anchoring our actions on “being authentic” is selfish, lazy, and unprofessional. It is tempting to use authenticity to justify our actions. “That’s just me being me.”That’s selfish. We care more about what we want. “I’m just giving it to him straight.”That’s lazy. We… Continue reading Hilter’s Authenticity
This week’s #bossbetter theme has been “connecting the dots,” an idea Steve Jobs shared in his famous commencement speech. I loved it. Isn’t great to believe that destiny will always somehow be on our side? When I looked back, dots did connect:– I spent about a year as a recruiter. I had to interview at… Continue reading There Are No Dots To Connect
Here is the thing. Nobody expects “10 Quick Tips To Play Violin At Carnegie Hall.” Violinists spend hours perfecting their craft. There is no shortcut to great art. The same is true for leadership. Nobody should expect “10 Quick Tips To Lead at Apple.” Leadership takes hours of practices to master. There is no shortcut… Continue reading 10 Quick Tips To Lead at Apple … ?
“Don’t come to me with problems, come to me with solutions!”This lazy directive is a perfect opportunity to **#bossbetter**. I get it- We say this because we genuinely want our teams to sort stuff out. We want them to care more and think harder. We actually need their solutions and ideas too. Yet, this is… Continue reading Stop Asking For Solutions- Ask For These 3 Things Instead