Power without Aggression

Power without Aggression

I have a memory from my early twenties, standing at a table in the New York City restaurant I worked in with a dirty glass in my hand, chatting with a customer. I don’t remember how we got to talking or even what our conversation was about but I remember this one...
What Can You Learn From a Bad Boss?

What Can You Learn From a Bad Boss?

In my career, I have worked for many bad bosses, which left me feeling that there was a gap between the organization’s stated values and the actions of my managers. Almost every colleague or friend I talk to has a story about working for someone seemingly unfit...
Do Your Homework – and Throw It Away!

Do Your Homework – and Throw It Away!

I was a good student. I did my homework on time, studied zealously for tests, and actually read everything I was assigned to read. Math was a hard subject for me, so I took summer classes to try to coax my brain into grasping all those black-and-white formulas and...
Eat or Like the Oatmeal – The Use of Leadership Authority

Eat or Like the Oatmeal – The Use of Leadership Authority

I met with a newly minted leader and long-time colleague, who is both highly collaborative and highly engaging. He cares about his people in a visceral way. I congratulated him on his promotion while warning him that there was the potential for him to fail due to a...

Act like a Child

Go to any office in America and you will probably hear about the childish behavior of some co-workers. Managers will express frustration that their direct reports are acting like children. The implication is that acting like a child is a problem because a child...