I have been asked that interview question for my whole life as I was growing my career.
I am recalling being in my twenties, sitting across the table from a grizzly and embittered executive who would ask me, “Who are your enemies?”
When I would fail to produce a list of enemies, the interviewer would look at me with disdain, like I was the most irrelevant person on the planet, implying, “How can you claim to be competent if you haven’t made powerful enemies?”
That scene seems so ridiculous to me now. Read More
If you want to positively impact the bottom line in your business, there is one thing that will make a bigger difference than almost anything else: Insist that all of your managers are good managers. Read More
People often ask me how to judge if they are stuck in “Analysis Paralysis”.
How much study is too much?
There is no single answer here, but to answer that question, I find it useful to start with the business outcome in mind, and then to set a budget for how much study a particular plan or answer is worth. Read More
I remember when I had my first big leadership job. I overheard someone say, “Whenever people talk about Patty they always say…” I was shocked, not at whatever people said, but at the fact that people were talking about me! Read More