Nobody likes being the bad guy—or gal. The desire to be liked and accepted can be overwhelming for some people, oftentimes clouding one's judgment about the best course of action to take when uncertainty presents itself. However, sometimes being the bad guy is necessary to get things done. The second that one places self-interest above that of the team or the mission of the organization is the second that company objectives are placed at risk.
VideoI just came back from Prague where I delivered a keynote at the Microsoft Leadership Summit around the five trends shaping the future of work. During the q&a one of the attendees asked me what I think the biggest obstacle to change is. In other words, what is keeping organizations [...]
For good or ill, the senior leadership of every organization is infectious. By this I mean that leaders’ behaviors tend to be transmitted to their direct reports, who pass them on to the next level, and so on down through their organizations. Over time, they permeate the organization from top to bottom, influencing activity at […]
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I recently saw the movie The Last Samurai for the second time. Set in Japan in the 1870s, it tells the story of an American civil war veteran who was captured by samurai fighters and, over time, learned to honor their ways. The first time I saw the movie, when it came out in 2003, […]
Your mojo is your fuel source. It powers you through whatever big adventures you're undertaking. Most people squander their mojo in the five ways Liz Ryan outlines in this article. Are you wasting your mojo? Find out!
Whether you’re an entry-level employee, business founder, or corporate executive, sometimes you just need a bit of leadership inspiration. Sure, there are quotes to be found all over the Web, and a quick scroll through Twitter, Instagram, or your favorite blog could lead you to something enlightening. But sometimes situations call [...]
On a recent transatlantic flight, I watched the movie Forever Strong which was “inspired by” incidents surrounding the Highland Rugby team in Salt Lake City, Utah. While the movie gets mixed reviews, I was intrigued enough by the story of Larry Gelwix, Highland’s head coach, that I decided to do [...]
I love to tell others about Carol Dweck's superb book, Mindset, in which she explains that people with a growth mindset tend to outperform those with a fixed mindset. That is, if you think your abilities are fixed, you won't do as well as people who believe that with enough effort, [...]
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