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...

Personal Development Books I would Recom...

Over the Christmas break, I was talking to a few people about the books I read and how much I believe in personal development / success-oriented books.  I was asked about my favourites and the most influential ones, but was also asked an interesting question – “If I were one of your employees, which books would you recommend to me?“. This was a great question and I thought about it briefly and came up with the following list – mainly around topics that don’t seem to get taught anywhere yet are so essential to a successful career.   Time...

Servant Leadership

I came across an article in Inc. Magazine last month on Servant Leadership that really hit the mark for me. The basic premise is summed up by a quote from Kent Keith, CEO of Greenleaf Center of Servant Leadership: “I think the simplest way to explain it would be to say that servant leaders focus on identifying and meeting the needs of others rather than trying to acquire power, wealth, and fame for themselves” I believe in this concept – wholeheartedly. I discussed this a bit in my post “Two Tips for Building a Semi-autonomous Business”...