No, not my ass, but the stuff that goes on in my subconscious.
Between 9th grade (when I started enjoying learning) and completing college, I was living under the impression that soaking up knowledge, binge-watching powerful documentaries and reading important books brought me closer to my higher self.
Innovation is hard work.
The side of innovation that we read about in books and magazines is the superstar CEO and their genius inventors chugging away at changing the world.
It pushes the reality of innovation past our cognitive horizon.
But true innovation is much more complicated than that.
I’ve worked as a business manager for most of my professional life.
And over the 10+ years, I’ve learnt to follow these two principles about productivity and performance:
Tech companies and agencies have had a head start in managing a flexible talent pool.
But despite years of practice, they’ve got one thing very wrong.
We still manage productivity the same way we did in the industrial age — by spreading the cost and sharing the machine across multiple…
Collaboration is hard.
People have different working styles and competing priorities.
As a competitive jerk for most of my early career, I wasn’t bad at collaboration.
But I also didn’t miss a chance to do things my way when the collaborative way didn’t suit me.
Then I was responsible for…
I knew next to nothing about the business, but I knew that agency life was my calling.
And I was determined to turn my foot-in-the-door into a rewarding career.
To be taken seriously, I needed to be knowledgeable about my clients’ business and be an expert on selling.
Companies do it to look better on paper; when they surpass expected results, they appear financially healthier.
And people avoid setting realistic expectations because they don’t want to appear as average performers and want to get better reviews.
Sandbagging happens when people are afraid to take risks.
So, all the…
Most people can get on by doing a bit of all three. …
I was dumbstruck after reading that 78% of business strategies do not affect growth.
According to research based on data gathered over ten years, the odds that your strategy will do much more than keep up with your competitors is less than 1 in 10!
Odds like that make you…
I was blissfully going about my career, believing that all those years of reading every book on leadership was finally paying off.
I was convinced I was the kind of leader people wanted to follow.
Until the day I heard, “You suck as a manager.”
I had just fired him…