This is my summary of a book that echoes many principles I wholeheartedly endorse, Great at Work - How top performers do less, work better, and achieve more by Morten Hansen (who co-wrote Good By Choice with Jim Collins).
I have written previously that some authors write dismissively of military leadership and its applicability to modern business. I wonder how familiar they are with how modern elite military units actually operate? They might be surprised to know that military leaders have overcome many of the challenges of managing people in the modern era, challenges that business leaders are only just beginning to understand.
When Stephen Lynch addressed a standing-room-only crowd at the Entrepreneur's Organization conference in Salt Lake City earlier this month, he revealed the #1 regret business leaders have—and what to do about it:
There are many cognitive biases that can lead us to make poor decisions in life and in business. I previously wrote about how Survivorship Bias fools us into thinking there is a "success formula". In this article, I focus on a selection of other thinking biases and provide suggestions for how to inoculate ourselves from them.
The authors of, “What Really Works - The 4+2 Formula for Sustained Business Success” researched 160 large companies in equivalent industries over a 10 year period. The researchers looked at successful companies (winners), unsuccessful companies (losers), and also those whose performance changed for better or worse over the 10 year period (climbers and tumblers). They identified 8 management practices that were directly correlated with superior performance (in terms of total shareholder returns) over the 10 years.
I was recently asked to write a guest article for another software company here in San Francisco. They wanted to know how I would answer the following 2 questions:
In my opinion, the meeting facilitator’s primary role is to optimize meeting productivity. Well-structured meetings chaired by a competent facilitator can help keep attendees focused and engaged, hold people accountable for performance, support the decision-making process, and assign clear tasks to advance progress. Before giving you some of my recommendations for meeting facilitators, let’s review The 5 P's of Productive Meetings:
I remember the first personal development book I ever purchased. It was called “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz. I was going through a low point in life and the promise on the book jacket jumped off the bookshelf: “Millions of readers have acquired the secrets of success through The Magic of Thinking Big. Achieve everything you always wanted: financial security, power and influence, the ideal job, satisfying relationships, and a rewarding, happy life.”
As a young boy, I was enthralled with Herman Melville's book “Moby Dick”. The daring tale of Captain Ahab and his crew hunting the giant albino sperm whale captivated my boyhood imagination.
As I have written previously, when hiring for any role in your company, it is vital that you follow a proven process. That’s where the Topgrading methodology made a huge difference for me. I learned to follow a disciplined hiring methodology to significantly increase my chances of hiring A-Players for every role.