Management Skills: Create Symbiosis

That's a picture of a cute little clownfish, we'll call him Remo, swimming among sea anemone. Most fish would not be feeling too good right now, because those cool looking tentacles of the anemone are laced with stinging poison. Good thing Remo's ancestors evolved a thin layer of mucus that protects him from the poison. … Continue reading Management Skills: Create Symbiosis

Modern Machiavelli: How to be a 21st century prince without selling your soul

Is it better to be feared or loved? Do the ends justify the means? Is all fair in business and politics? Machiavelli says, "Yes." You may have heard of the book The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli's infamous sixteenth-century manifesto on politics, power, and ruling a kingdom. If you're like me, you may have wondered what The … Continue reading Modern Machiavelli: How to be a 21st century prince without selling your soul

Strategy: Cortez the Killer

In 1519 Hernán Cortés the Conquistador led a flotilla of 11 ships to the eastern shores of Mexico against the direct orders of his superiors. You see, power and hubris had driven Cortés mad, and whether he realized it or not (everyone else did), his mutinous power quest, fueled by bloodlust, was indeed insane. Cortés' fleet would … Continue reading Strategy: Cortez the Killer

Leadership Style: Fake it till you make it

About a year ago, I wrote this post about how to articulate my/your leadership style. Thanks to Google, this has become my all time most viewed post with over 1,000 views. Today I'm writing about how my leadership style has evolved over the years. I think. Either that or it's a coming of age post. … Continue reading Leadership Style: Fake it till you make it

Real World, Fake World: How to be a successful manager, leader, and person

As I detailed in this kind of weird article, the work world is not the real world. Work is a made up place, work hierarchies are made up things, and there's really no such thing as bosses and employees. Bosses and employees are just regular people pretending to be these things in a fantasy land … Continue reading Real World, Fake World: How to be a successful manager, leader, and person

Management Skills: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick

I swore I wasn't going to be one of those parents who would toss empty threats at their kids to try to coerce them into good behavior. You know the old, "If you don't stop I swear we're not going to the park," routine. I can hear my son thinking, "Who you kidding dad? The … Continue reading Management Skills: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick

Management Skills: Be Fit

Getting into shape is a good business decision. And this isn't one of my weird and abstract metaphor posts that's really about mental fitness or business fitness or something. This post is about why I think maintaining physical fitness is important for managers. First, a bit of background on my health. I slowly gained about … Continue reading Management Skills: Be Fit

Not All the Turtles Make it to the Sea

Jack and I watched this movie called Tortuga, about an adorable sea turtle's journey from birth through adulthood. The movie starts on a beach where adult female sea turtles have dug hundreds of nests in the sand, each containing up to two-hundred eggs. Thousands of eggs simultaneously hatch. The infant turtles instinctively dash for the … Continue reading Not All the Turtles Make it to the Sea

How to Become A Manager

So you didn't turn out to be a doctor or a lawyer. Your parents must be so disappointed. Just tell them to chill out. There's still hope for a long, progressive, and lucrative career that doesn't require any specialized schooling or hundreds of thousands of dollars of student loan debt. This USA today article listed … Continue reading How to Become A Manager