4 Questions to Consider When Choosing a Mentor (HBR Ascend)

Having a mentor can really help you grow and step up to the next level in your career, but only if you find a good one. When you are searching for one, how can you increase your odds of selecting an effective mentor? Read the full article via HBR Ascend.

How to Stop Babysitting Your Team (HBR Ascend)

As a new manager, you’re likely to want to “oversee” tasks that your direct reports are doing. It’s a natural urge to want control over the performance and output of your team. However, the compulsion to micromanage can actually hurt more than help your team. It can break down autonomy in the team, make your […]

Never Waste a Failure

“Never Waste a Failure” — Nick Saban   Although heartbreaking for Georgia, Alabama’s win in last week’s football championship game was remarkable in many ways, not the least was Nick Saban’s decision to play his untested freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in the second half. Lots of lessons there! But what caught my attention was Saban’s […]

Two Points of Contact

I had my first-of-the-season shakedown cruise on the boat over the weekend. A lot happens on a shakedown, but nothing more important than remembering to always have two points of contact between me and the boat.This can be a foot and a hand, foot and a knee, and so on, but only one point is […]

We are Corporate Athletes

As Jim Lehr and Tony Schwartz point out with their Corporate Athlete concept, we all work in cycles – sometimes we are conscious of them, sometimes not – and I’ve just come off of a “put your head down and get it done” cycle. I completely underestimated the amount of mental energy involved in moving. […]