Useless Tools

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Reading time: 1 min.Most of the tools in our leadership toolkits are worthless unless the people on our team want to be led. Most of our influencing tools are pointless until our would-be collaborators agree to be influenced. And we can keep most every sales tool locked away while the people we wish to sell to aren’t ready […]

Drama

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Reading time: 2 min.Many of us fall prey to drama at work and in life. When I raise the alarm, call out the failings, or even just quietly complain, I hope to move people to my cause through commiseration (literally, being miserable with me). I may do this angrily, dryly, boisterously, or even warmly. I don’t even know […]

Culture Is The Game

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Reading time: 1 min.Until I came to IBM, I probably would have told you that culture was just one among several important elements in any organization’s makeup and success — along with vision, strategy, marketing, financials, and the like… I came to see, in my time at IBM, that culture isn’t just one aspect of the game, it […]

Must We Conform?

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Reading time: 1 min.The world seems to run on this fallacy: that we will all be happier, more peaceful, and more safe if everyone conformed. Where there is lack of conformity of beliefs, ideas, or actions, we press people to be more like us. Nope. Think about how much energy we waste trying to get each other to […]

Which Camp Are You In?

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Reading time: 1 min.Faced with a change, most of us fall into the “yeah, but” camp. Getting a direction from our boss or seeing a new threat or opportunity out there, we resist.  Without much thought, we use our foresight and intelligence to prevent consideration. We enumerate and inflate the obstacles and we argue for our weaknesses. For […]

The Secret Key to Dealing with Difficult People

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Reading time: 1 min.Here’s the secret key for dealing with difficult personalities at work: don’t. The drama is rarely worth it, dear leader. Instead, generously help them change the one behavior that would make all the difference. Or, generously help them find another job that’s a better fit for them.   In your corner, Mike   Today’s photo […]

Meeting Frustration

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Reading time: 1 min.We have meetings for several good reasons: to stay aware of each other’s work, solve immediate problems, move projects forward, set strategies, and build trust. Our meetings fail when we haven’t agreed upon the reason for this meeting. Or when we try to cover too many of the reasons in one meeting. When some of […]