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Forbes

“I just love being micromanaged.” Have you met a lot of people who would say this? Have you even met one? I’ve been studying leadership and human behavior for the last 20 years, and I struggle to think of a single person I’ve met — ever — who would say they enjoy being micromanaged…

Fast Company

If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard many variations of it throughout your work career: “Everyone is replaceable.” In practice, it sounds like this: “If you don’t want to do the job, there are hundreds — maybe thousands! — of people who are desperate for work and we’ll go find them instead of you”…

Huffington Post

I was hanging out with a friend for coffee, making small talk about their work, when it hit me — and it all happened because my friend innocently said a phrase I’d heard a million times before, something to the effect of: “Yeah, I’ll just have to check with my boss about that”…

Huffington Post

When I was doing the research for my book, I stumbled across an article by Gary Hamel called “First, Let’s Fire All The Managers.” I found the idea of an organization “self-managing” itself to be fascinating, compelling — and frankly, confusing as hell. How in the world could an organization work without leaders!? It seemed absurd. But it clearly wasn’t…

Fast Company

Compared to previous generations, Millennials seem to have some very different habits that have taken both established companies and small businesses by surprise. One of these is that Generation Y doesn’t seem to enjoy purchasing things. But what if it’s not an “age thing” at all?

Under30CEO

It all started with a simple question: “What in the world is going on with the world?” When I looked at work and the business marketplace, I could feel that something was different. Something had changed. You’ve probably noticed this, too. Strategies that used to be tried and true now seemed flimsy and false. I wanted to know why…

Business Insider

Building a career — instead of just simply finding a “job” — must start with knowing yourself on a deeper level. You are guaranteed to face many setbacks, challenges and difficulties on the entrepreneurial road ahead. It will be hard, and if you are not absolutely convinced that whatever you’re working on is the reason you were put on the planet at this particular moment in time, you will quit…

Forbes

It’s easy to vilify business. Sadly, we’re usually justified in these feelings, too. For many reasons, over the past decades business folks have gotten the idea that it’s OK to screw over their employees, foul up the environment, and treat customers like garbage. But all these antics are covering up a secret about work: almost all businesses that exist today have a completely moral — even good — center…

Huffington Post

Take a look around you. What do you see? You might see lamps providing light for your workspace. You might see heating/cooling vents, pumping air that keeps your office at a comfortable temperature. What makes everything get to where it’s going? In a word, energy. Everything around you runs on energy. But it’s not exactly the energy you’re thinking about…

Huffington Post

It’s popular to make a distinction between “managers” and “leaders.” For example, if you were to type “difference between managers and leaders” into Google, you’d get over 50,000 results. People love to discuss and debate this statement. It’s also one of those things consultant-y people like to say to sound a little smarter. “Well, there’s a difference between managers and leaders, you know”…

Forbes

The word “organization” and the word “organism” come from the same root word, and company culture bears many similarities to natural ecosystems. The way founders do business in the beginning are the seeds for what kind of company they will develop in two, five, and ten years. That’s what culture is: a natural outgrowth of the way early business owners choose to do things. This also means that company culture is something that can be designed

LeadChange

As “leaders,” we know there’s lots of lingo about it. From John Maxwell’s work on leadership alone, we know that there are at least 21 laws about it, at least 5 levels to it, that it requires a 101 class, at least a year to study, and is as valuable as shiny precious metal. Yet, in his book, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie says, “A leader can create a company, but a community creates a movement.” For me, this sums it up…

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