Leadership

“You stupid f—k! You mean to tell me you’d rather go blind for the next 40 years than spend a $200?”

Spring of 1998 and I’m attending a corporate planning meeting with about 40 other people. I’m sitting in the back row and squinting to see the screen at the front of the room. My peer sitting next to me said “put your glasses on”. I told him I didn’t have any; didn’t want to put …

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Ever find yourself in this position at work?

You’re outmanned, competition is charging and you can’t stand still. What do you do? There will be times in your career when you won’t have the ideal mix of budgets, people or resources you’d like for ultimate success. You need resilience, self-reliance, quick-thinking, wits.   Know what you need at minimum for success, be spartan in …

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How do you inspire someone?

How do you inspire someone? I’m not sure there’s a perfect answer but here are my thoughts: Don’t dictate: suggest a path for them to follow. Don’t offer false praise: recognize and reward them when deserved. Don’t duck tough talks: help them course-correct and improve. Don’t micro-manage: give latitude within boundaries and let them own …

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