If Innovation is “1% Inspiration and 99% perspiration”, why are all business books focused on the 1%?

Inspiring stories sell books, but they unintentionally reinforce the myth of the Hero leader that has all the answers. As human beings we are drawn to great stories. They inspire us, connect us, and are a great source of learning. Narratives focused on the cult of success and the admiration of Hero leaders condition usContinue reading “If Innovation is “1% Inspiration and 99% perspiration”, why are all business books focused on the 1%?”

No more success theater

Success Theater means hitting short term goals while burning out your people, burning bridges, or eroding longer term business prospects. It means reporting “Green” status while things are going off the rails. When Alan Mulally joined Ford as CEO in 2006 the company was in bad shape and Success Theater was common practice as describedContinue reading “No more success theater”

The 5% @sshole rule

I believe that 95% of people come to work to do a good job and do the right thing for the company. I call this the 5% @ssshole rule, since some people just seem to take pleasure from being difficult and making others look bad. The second part of the rule is even more important;Continue reading “The 5% @sshole rule”

You have to make time to lead

I did not agree with this advice when it was given to me. I argued it was wrong. I was young and not ready to hear this advice. However it stuck in the back of my mind and years later I later realized this was one of the best pieces of advice I ever received.Continue reading “You have to make time to lead”