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Silo Sadness

Believe it or not, the use of the word “team” is a huge turnoff for many workers. For too many employees, the phrase “I want you to be on my team” is just management-speak for “shut up and do it my way.” The mere use of management-speak is so off-putting that many employees will distrust anything the managers say simply because they are using management-speak instead of natural...

The Science of Stupid

We have to admit that we do rather enjoy the Instagram and YouTube genre of ‘fails’. There is something riveting about watching an otherwise normal person do outrageously daft things. Skateboarders seem particularly adept as do BMX bikers and of course who can fail to be absorbed by the gigabytes of stupidity aired daily from Russian dashcams. So doing stupid things is not confined to the...

The Obsolescence of Experience

Around seven thousand years ago, the first human revolution took place when our ancestors first applied skill to work. However skill alone isn’t enough anymore as we have to rely more and more on knowledge and this has important implications for leadership. First, we must learn to make knowledge productive and many struggle with this concept. The payroll cost of knowledge workers already...

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