Sound Bites: September '20

Are you too quick to offer help to employees who come to you with problems? ... How does it strike you when someone says “What?” right after you’ve said something? ... Pre-speech calisthenics ... Hand-draw your proposals

Accept the paradoxes of leadership

A leader’s errors in strategy, judgment, and compassion usually involve failing to balance the conflicting, even paradoxical demands that leadership makes. Consider three of the major paradoxes of leadership: How are you coping with them?

Express anger—within reason

A researcher at Stanford University has found that anger is sometimes linked to success.

Plans need a warning mechanism

Suppose that you’re leading a major project for your group. You have a plan, and of course you’re committed to it—but are you too committed? Have you built in a way to alert yourself when your plan might need revising once the project is underway? Here’s what to do.


Uh-oh! There goes my mic

Today's Leadership Tip

So you get along great with everyone and everyone has nothing but good things to say about you. That's terrific, but it can also have a double meaning. Ask yourself: Is my nature so generous and so kind that it actually keeps me from getting what I want out of my career and my life? If nobody out there hates you, it might be because you're too hesitant to step on any toes in order to ever grab the brass rings you secretly dream of—or even notch the smaller daily victories won by people who dare to offend and alienate once in a while.


Q: We put up an employee suggestion box, and month after month, despite the fact that we know there’s a lot on employees’ minds, it’s usually empty. What do you think is going on here?

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