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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.

Little did I know that was only occasionally true

In his…

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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.

What…

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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:

  1. Measuring performance by activity leads to overwork at the same time as your most important work remains undone.
  2. Any available time that…

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Companies looking to attract and retain talented people need to offer more choices in projects, work hours and locations.

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…

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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…

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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.

People appreciate…

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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…

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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…

Aliyar

My life’s mission is to help you achieve success at work by doing fewer things better. https://aliyarhussain.com

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