Strategic Leadership

Andre Agassi’s harmony of pain

November 10, 2021
In his autobiography, tennis legend Andre Agassi describes a moment of rare harmony with his 2006 U.S. Open opponent while they were both physically broken and awaiting the arrival of paramedics.

Good change is tough, too. How to deal with it

November 10, 2021
There’s a lot of advice out there about how to deal with change. And rightly so—change is one of life’s most inevitable challenges. It’s also one of the most anxiety-producing; there can be so many unknowns. Even something perceived as positive change can carry with it a significant amount of, well, dread.

Is your gut instinct the best decider of all?

November 10, 2021
A pitcher stares in at his catcher and decides to wave off a sign for a breaking ball. The catcher is working from his knowledge of the batter’s tendencies… but the pitcher is going from his gut. That’s NDM: naturalistic decision-making. In his book Range, David Epstein explores why it’s a double-edged sword.

Someone please reinvent the job ad!

September 8, 2021
As someone who’s made generous rounds of job-seeking and interviewing over a career, I can just about recite the text of most job postings. Let me guess… you’re looking for a dynamic candidate for your fast-paced environment that’s offering a competitive salary?

Know which decision model you need to apply

September 8, 2021
Great leaders demonstrate profound humility, but not to the point of leaving those they lead empty-handed. They are prepared to escalate to higher authority or, at the very least, move laterally to find the answers they need. Key to their rationale is the understanding that two types of decisions exist.

Remember a universal business preamble: “We the people”

September 8, 2021
As people change, so do organizations—not the other way around.

If your business is bananas, this might be why

September 8, 2021
Whether or not you believe in the theory of evolution, you are probably familiar with some aspect of the Monkey Theory of Management.

How to come back from a long career fall

September 8, 2021
Even if being fired or laid off feels like failure, once you take some time to get some perspective, you can strategize a new direction.

How to write an effective business proposal

September 8, 2021
You believe your product or service can solve a potential client’s problem, so it’s time to write an official business proposal. Here’s how.

C.C. Sabathia’s epic career hurdle

August 16, 2021
C.C. Sabathia’s legendary career as a top-flight pitcher wasn’t always based on dominance, but rather consistency and durability.