Giving Up a Little Control

A lot of people think being a great manager means being in control of everything all the time. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I’ve always loved this clip from Kung Fu Panda – it reminds me that no matter how much I might want something to happen, it might not work out the […]


4 Tips for Solving Tough Problems

I’ve never come up with a great idea sitting at my desk going through my to-do list.  My best ideas come when I do one (or more) of these things: Walk away from the problem – Sometimes when you leave something alone for a couple of days, you see it from a different perspective and […]


Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking (TED)

In a short (14 minute) talk, Amanda Palmer helps us understand the power of asking. A truly fascinating example of leading by giving. I’m reading Give and Take this week (book review to come). This is a good example of a successful giver. (photo by Jurvetson, via flickr)


Do Your Best

Last week Victor Lipman wrote a wonderful post on the many different hats managers need to wear in order to be successful. It’s a huge challenge for a leader to juggle all those roles, and some days it can feel truly overwhelming. What do you do when you feel like you can’t be all the […]


If You Think You Are Beaten You Are

My 7th grade English teacher had us memorize this poem and it’s still a great reminder of how important your own attitude, your own will, and your own belief are to your potential for success.  Thank you Mr. Knowlton, wherever you are today. If you think you are beaten, you are; If you think you […]

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