Analysis vs. Action


How Much Analysis?

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

Is it worth listening if I can’t address the concerns?


Awhile back I wrote an article called, Who is worth listening to?.

It’s worth reading if you haven’t seen it, but the main point was that the goal of listening is simply to make people feel listened-to. Read More

Sponsorship and Career Risk

“Am I the only one who cares about this?”

That is the question.

Make sure you are never the only one who cares, whether it’s about your career or your work. Always ask yourself, “Who else cares about this?”

If there is no one at an equal or higher level than your boss who actively cares about what you are doing, there is too much risk.

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6 key choices for success and happiness


choices

Our choices

As we start the new year I’ve been thinking about choices.

I realized that there are some simple, key choices that we all have immediately available to us that can help us be more true to ourselves, and become happier and more successful at work and life — no matter where we are starting from. Read More

The business-enabling conversation many executives avoid


conversatons

Missing the clues

I work as a business advisor to executives, and in doing so also I often also have 1-1 conversations with their direct reports.

I can’t count how many times, though I am having confidential conversations with each of them, I am left thinking, “Do you two ever talk to each other?”

They are often in violent agreement about how they feel, about what needs to be done, and about what role each of them should play in doing it.

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Imagined power vs. Real power and respect


real or imagined power

People often ask me if it was hard for me to go from running really large organizations to having my own (implied — “much smaller”) company.

This was never an issue for me because I always maintained a psychological distance between the power of my role, (managing a $1B+ global business, multi-hundred-milion dollar budget, and thousands of people) and my own personal power. Read More

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