Ensure you think things through using the “Common Topics”

Signs that your team needs to better think things through: If any of these symptoms resonate with you, this post has one of the classical Lost Tools of Business to help you think things through.  Communicating, Persuading, Uniting “It was so useful to just get another perspective.” Clients say that all the time. But the funny thing: I rarely give …

Wrestle to grow

Ripe Fruit The story goes that one of Plato’s students invited him to come teach Dionysios, king of Syracuse. Dionysios was a decadent king, and the student hoped Plato could help the king learn to love wisdom, develop self-discipline and rightly lead his people. Instead, the king exiled Plato’s student, then kept Plato under an informal house arrest. He couldn’t, …

Leadership qualities: How do you compare to Plato’s list?

Worldwide influence If you are willing to wrestle and grow more organized, confident and influential, consider the leadership qualities listed in Plato’s Republic. Some context: Socrates taught Plato. Plato taught Aristotle. Aristotle taught Alexander the Great. Alexander conquered most of the known world. He died young but left an impact, spreading Greek thought and culture throughout the globe–a foundation of …

Want to be attractive to Google? Learn to wrestle.

This Washington Post article from a few years back has always impressed me. Short version: Technology and STEM-oriented Google researched its employee performance. It turns out technology and STEM were not what their stars had in common. Instead, it was soft skills. The article goes on to talk about a second study that further confirmed the finding by looking at …

Want performance? Learn your stories.

Your organization’s performance improves as soon as you start paying attention to your stories. They are the building blocks of your culture. First things first: Let’s define culture as “how we do things around here.” If “how we do things” is “with excellence” or “showing ultimate care” or “always serving the customer” or [insert what makes you stand out here] …