Crocus buds poking through the snow.

Seasonal Leadership

A recent HBR articlebrought up the idea that leaders need to be able to transition from an “exercise of authority” mode to a “flat” mode. They claim data back this up, but the article doesn’t share the data that guide their findings. It is important to note that the studies were specific to temporary teams and virtual teams competing to

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How Experts Make decisions

There are differences between how experts make decisions and how novices do. Gary Klein has studied decision-making, and his results have been somewhat counter-intuitive. (All of the quotes in this article are from his book Sources of Power) Before we did this study, we believed that novices impulsively jumped at the first option they could think of, whereas experts carefully

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Manager as Expert

I have often said that as a manager, you aren’t responsible for having an answer to every question or making every decision. That doesn’t mean your expertise and experience don’t matter. They do, especially when you are mentoring others earlier in their careers. If you are hiking on an easy trail, having someone a few feet ahead of you is

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Hire an Expert

Every week or so, someone will post the Simon Sinek quote, “You don’t hire for skills. You hire for attitude. You can always teach skills.” The problem with this quote is that it assumes other people in the company have the skills that they can teach this person. I have been part of companies that focus on hiring intelligent, dedicated

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a road through the mountains

Typology of Searches

A recent Twitter conversation inspired me with @edbatista to think more about searches and journeys. I started to come up with a typology of searches: In general, there are searches where you know what you are looking for in advance: I-spy, car keys, and the four-leaf clover. I will call these specific. And those where you will only know what

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