Archive for LeadChangeGroup SmartBlogs

I’m not a gamer, but when I hear the phrase “call of duty,” the popular video game immediately comes to mind.

In fact, I’ve heard it so much that when I hear the phrase outside of the gaming context, I sit up and take notice. Just what does call of duty mean in the real world? It sounds like a summoning, urging me to take a stand.[…] Continue Reading »

I presented a webinar recently about making your relationship with your boss work for you, and I received a really good question: How do you give constructive feedback to a boss who has a hard time receiving it?

Don’t get psyched out.

I remember one the first times I really applied “managing up.” I was put in the tricky position of telling the boss how he just stuck his foot in his mouth.[…] Continue Reading »

The importance of failure in innovation is all the buzz right now. Business modeling and lean startups are great ways to mitigate and manage the risk of failure. There is a great deal to be learned from failure if we choose to learn it. That’s part of the reason my mantra is Experiment-Learn-Apply-Iterate.

But, is failure — the freedom to fail — really a luxury?[…] Continue Reading »

I recently read another post about why people hate their jobs and what employers can do about it. The post, published in USA Today and titled “The Motley Fool: Why you hate your job” is just another mainstream media attention grab. It really contains very little from a fresh or new perspective.

To their credit, they do cite the well-referenced Gallup survey that 52% of workers are not engaged in their work and that another 18% describe themselves as “actively disengaged.” The author goes on to drive home the point that American productivity is victim of this epidemic.[…] Continue Reading »

I’ve been talking to a budding author recently. He’s in his 20s and very likely to land a book deal here soon. He told me he started repeating in the shower every morning, “I’m an expert. I’m an expert. I’m an expert.”

It’s as if he’s trying to catch up mentally with his accomplishment.

The word authority gets a bad rap.[…] Continue Reading »