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Book Review: “Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior”

Ori and Rom Brafman’s “Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior” is another excellent read on human behavior that can add to your understanding of how people make (or don’t make) decisions. There are reasons that seasoned professionals, from all backgrounds and disciplines, make otherwise senseless decisions; and none of us are immune. A successful […]

Your Baby is Ugly

By MarioJune 26, 2009 General Leadership, Opinion

Sitting in front of my old boss, days before my transfer to my new boss, I am engaged in what is commonly referred to in the military as the “out brief.”  It is a mildly informal meeting with leaders in the the chain-of-command where you are supposed to tell them – I don’t know – what ever […]

The Rest is Important

By MarioMay 23, 2009 General Leadership

If you’re on the West coast, you’re more likely blow off your vacation time than I am, men are more likely to check in with work on those rare vacations than women are, and if you’re an American you are given less vacation days by your employer than every other developed country in the world.

The Honor in Bureaucracy

By MarioApril 3, 2009 General Leadership

Those of us in the field (doing the “real” work) need those considerations, and we need someone else to do it – we are too busy; we are focusing on the immediate, the now, the customer, the business at hand. I, for one, have always been thankful for all the things that someone else had to think about to make my job easier or safer or better.

The Opposite of Mentoring

By MarioFebruary 20, 2009 General Leadership

The practice of talking bad about a co-worker..or your boss..or say – an entire department of people at your company – while commonly and incorrectly accepted as “venting” – is actually an extremely damaging act to play out on other members of your team.

Being a Good Follower

By MarioJanuary 28, 2009 General Leadership, Toolbox

For all the hype (and there is alot of it) about leadership, too few people give voice to the one thing all leaders need.  Followers. And if you want to really get good at leading – you had better lock down following first. I don’t care how cool your boss is, true followership is not […]

The Missing Competency

By MarioDecember 16, 2008 Business, Leadership, Opinion

Students of leadership in any organization have, at one time or another, considered defined leadership competencies as a road map of sorts for personal growth. They represent the qualities, talents, and abilities that make up the perfect leader.