The Thinking Challenge

The title of Chapter Five in my book How to Grow A Backbone (ISBN: 978-0-8092-2494-4) is “Expand and Contract: Your Thinking Must Change.” The theme of the January-February 2010 issue of Harvard Business Review is “Reinvent.” In a variety of articles, readers are repeatedly encouraged to rethink where they are; reassess assumptions, roles, and links […]

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I’ve been having very specific conversations with people about how they make decisions and I’ve been struck by the emphasis on speed. Speed is good, I’m told, because it conveys a sense of urgency. Urgency is critical to success! Speed builds momentum and engages people’s enthusiasm. Speed is proof that decision makers know what they’re […]

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“The” Question

I hear this one all the time. “How am I supposed to feel confident when… my boss rips on me all the time? morale around here is terrible? nobody pays any attention to what I do or say? everything I do is somehow wrong?” The question itself makes me crazy for two reasons–focus and power. […]

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