If You Want to Win, “Elevate the Middle”

If You Want to Win, “Elevate the Middle”

In the 1960’s, Dr. Lawrence Peters set out to understand and diagnose what he called “occupational incompetence” - a more diplomatic way of referring to a timeless issue in workplaces: people who stink at their jobs. His findings went on to become famously known as...

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3 Antidotes to The Imposter Syndrome for New Leaders

3 Antidotes to The Imposter Syndrome for New Leaders

It is your first day on the job as a new manager. Maybe you just got promoted. Or maybe you got hired into a leadership role from the outside. Or you just took the helm after an unexpected departure. Whichever way, you want to make a great first impression. After all,...

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A CEO’s Guide to Finding Focus in a Noisy World

A CEO’s Guide to Finding Focus in a Noisy World

THE KEY IDEAS 1. Believe. Embrace an Essentialist mindset. Great leaders believe that a small number things are so valuable that they're worth disproportionate effort, and most everything else is noise. They use this mindset to bring discipline and focus to their...

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What We Can Learn From Our 5 Year Old Self

What We Can Learn From Our 5 Year Old Self

When I was 4, I got toted along to a dinner with my grandparents. It was with their fancy, high-brow group of friends. Lots of social cred was at stake, so naturally, my grandparents brought their cute, curly-blond-haired grandson along to help them put some points on...

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What To Do When You Get Stuck in a Rut

What To Do When You Get Stuck in a Rut

I got stuck in a rut this weekend. Literally. Mother Nature dumped 8 inches of snow on the Windy City and my back tires were inconveniently parked in one of Chicago’s infamous potholes, which on this day happened to be filled with a thin layer of ice and snow. A few...

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What Is It That Guides The Choices You Make?

What Is It That Guides The Choices You Make?

“We stand at the crossroads, each minute, each hour, each day, making choices. We choose the thoughts we allow ourselves to think, the passions we allow ourselves to feel, and the actions we allow ourselves to perform. Each choice is made in the context of whatever...

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Remembering Death Can Inspire Us to Live

Remembering Death Can Inspire Us to Live

Paul Kalanithi was a rising surgeon with the world at his fingertips. He held degrees from Stanford, University of Cambridge, and Yale School of Medicine, and did his neurosurgery residence at one of the preeminent programs in the country at Stanford. He had a...

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