Great Leaders Are Always Training Their Replacement

This article first appeared on Forbes.com First and foremost, as a leader you are responsible for the quality of the output of your team: making sure the work is done brilliantly and effectively. You are also responsible for getting work done efficiently, on time and within budget — those pesky factors that sometimes feel as […]

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The best thing you can do to advance your career

Article first published on Forbes.com You work hard and your work is good. But you’ve been in this slot for a couple of years and are starting to think about what’s next for your career. You love what you do; you love your team, your boss and your company. Everything seems perfect, but you’ve begun […]

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How To Stop Your New Leaders From Micromanaging

Article first published on Forbes.com Everyone — or almost everyone — wants to get promoted. A promotion is validation; it’s more respect, more money and more control over more of the work. But in my experience as a department head in global ad agencies and an executive coach to newly minted leaders in PR and other industries, leadership abilities have […]

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The Underlying Issues of the Term “Burnout”

Liberally using the term “burnout” is a sign of bigger problems. Here’s how to address them. Article first published in Business Collective I heard from a big employer recently that some of his staff were suffering from burnout. Talent was falling by the wayside, and money was being wasted. But in my experience, calling it […]

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How to Capitalize on Evolving Cultures in Creative Businesses

Business owners can no longer command and control their employees. Today, it’s all about the team. [Article first published in Business Collective] The inherent complexity that underpins today’s digital products seems to have put an end to the age of the arrogant leader with the killer instinct. In past decades, it was this person who […]

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7 things to think about in 2015

Oooh! Aren’t we naughty?!  See question 7 below. The following questions have been prompted in the past couple of weeks by many people – some are named at the end of this piece. 1: Are new currencies replacing money? New currencies are proliferating.  We can use them to acquire things and access services, and we […]

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Getting hired today: the hive grows itself

The trend in company culture is to have everything be transparent so that everyone sees everything. Crowd-sourced evaluations and raises and so on. Actually the self-evaluations transparently shared in some companies and commented on by anonymous co-workers put me in mind of the self-criticisms that were so important in Maoist China. I keep hearing the […]

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Let the crowd be the judge of your personality. Why not?

This hive centric, flattened leadership led me to be concerned that we might be losing the critical value of having a mix of different personalities, backgrounds and experiences for generating creative ideas and innovation.  The hive might just favor its own sort and create a homogeneous community. But wait: someone very smart has developed an app called Knozen […]

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Musing on HR, Humanity, Employees and Customers

I cringed the first time I saw an office door labeled Human Capital. What is that?” I asked – “Oh that used to be HR – but this is much better.” Well I discovered that it is a way of thinking that “perceives people as assets whose current value can be measured and whose future […]

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