Passion is a force-multiplier

Take two people. One has more skills and ability, but the other has incredible passion for what they do; an energy and intensity that is contagious. They know that they’re not as good [yet], but their desire to get better and their work ethic makes up for any deficiency. Who would you rather have on your team? I always pick passion over pure skills because these are the people that will carry an idea forward. They can see what needs to be done and because they don’t rely purely on their overdeveloped skills, they are capable of thinking laterally. This is because passion...

Mastery is Progress

A couple of my employees were invited to speak at the local university recently to discuss their jobs and their career choices with students. They asked me if I had any advice for them that they could share; they may have regretted that question after 45 minutes of my response. You see, there seems to be a generation entering the workforce currently that is super smart and super ambitious but is missing a very important basic principle – that careers are built on mastery. Level 50 Perhaps it is the gamification of a generation or simple impatience, but achievement...

Perpetuating Incompetence

Ignorance begets Confidence There’s a cognitive bias known as The Dunning-Kruger Effect that describes how people who are very bad at something, actually think that they are quite good because they don’t know enough to understand just how bad they are; they overestimate their performance. “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” – Bertrand Russell Although humorous, Russell gets one thing wrong – this isn’t about intelligence it is about a person’s world view; most probably through a lifetime of...

Meanwhile – how to use it for acti...

“Meanwhile” is a great word for helping you (and others) focus on action. Use it as a reminder that although one path may be blocked, there's usually something else that you can be accomplished. It also reminds you that not everything stops while you are waiting, or procrastinating with or without good reason. For example: “We need to meet with the customer to discuss our plans on this campaign” – meanwhile, there are actions that we could put in place today that could make a real difference. “The web site needs a complete redesign...

Generation F goes to work

Although perhaps not officially a “generation”, the term Generation F is being used to describe the wave of people entering the workforce who have grown up with social networks and Facebook in particular.  There’s been a lot of written about these Millennials (the official term) and their attitudes to work but the impact that social networking has had on this group is a game-changer. Business author, Gary Hamel, first highlighted the traits of Generation F in a Wall Street Journal blog post called The Facebook Generation vs the Fortune 500.  His view is...