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CEO builds the factory, not the product

(Excerpt from Lazy Leadership by Andrew Wilkinson) Henry Ford didn’t build cars, he built factories. To me, a great leader’s job is to build a machine that produces a product. It’s not about doing the work itself....

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Criticise generally and praise specifically

(Excerpt from The Almanack of Ravikant) If you have a criticism of someone, then don’t criticize the person—criticize the general approach or criticize the class of activities. If you have to praise somebody, then...

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The benefits of setting a world class standard

(Excerpt from 3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (September 24, 2020) by James Clear) Architect Christopher Alexander on the importance of high standards: “In my life as an architect, I find that the single thing...

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Innovation includes changing corporate practices

(Excerpt from The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger) These are all executives who have been trained for years to grow their own businesses and are compensated based on their profitability. Suddenly I was saying to...

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Be honest and direct when firing people

(Excerpt from The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger) FIRING PEOPLE, OR taking responsibility away from them, is arguably the most difficult thing you have to do as a boss. There have been several times when...

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Lead with optimism

(Excerpt from The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger) Pessimism leads to paranoia, which leads to defensiveness, which leads to risk aversion. Optimism sets a different machine in motion. Especially in difficult...

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Be democratic or autocratic at appropriate times

(Excerpt from The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger) It’s a tricky thing, moving people over to your side and enlisting their enthusiastic engagement. Sometimes it’s worth talking through their reservations and...

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Don’t let ambition distract you from the job at hand

(Excerpt from The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger) I’ve been asked a lot over the years about the best way to nurture ambition—both one’s own and that of the people you manage. As a leader, you should want those...

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There will be resistance to speak up even if the boss is open

(Excerpt from Extreme Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin) A common misperception among military leaders or corporate senior executives, this was an example of a boss who didn’t fully...

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Leaders must first believe

(Excerpt from Extreme Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin) In order to convince and inspire others to follow and accomplish a mission, a leader must be a true believer in the mission. Even when others doubt...

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