The End is Coming

Of the year, that is, not the world. I usually don’t think about my New Year’s resolutions until at least the 30th of December, but I’ve got a couple of big goals for 2019, so I’m starting early. Since it’s easier to give advice than take it, I’m going to write this for you, too. […]

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First, Fire the Leaders

Another week, another crop of downsizings, and with few notable exceptions, HR people are telling me how they’re choosing the leaders over the non-leaders as the keepers.  And I’m groaning inside. Has anyone figured out how companies run when everyone’s a leader? For one thing, no one’s willing to make the coffee. For another, the […]

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It Might Not Be Too Late

I was trawling through some old writings and found this piece, written just a bit more than ten years ago. It was an open letter to then President-elect Obama. Maybe I should have found it sooner and offered it to President-elect Trump. My apologies… But as I look at the glorious diversity of new, incoming […]

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A Quick Note on Ambition

Ah yes, another Quora reader asked for my opinion on ambition, which sounds an awful lot like the other versions of the same question which use the word ‘leadership’ instead. I have to commend this resourceful lad for considering that the desire to lead may be rooted in one’s desire to rule the world, or […]

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Privacy, Data, Trust, and Love

The near-complete annihilation of privacy can be a terrible thing. But when it happens between two people, the result is an extraordinary reward called ‘falling in love.’ So why, then, are we seeing such an uproar about something that – under the right circumstances – we are so willing to surrender? Perhaps the current conversation […]

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