In the past few weeks there have been lot of high-level executive transitions in the news. Many companies are appointing new CEOs or filling other C-level roles. Whenever I see these stories, I immediately think about what lead up to this event. Whenever there is an open role like those above, competition breaks out amongst those that deem themselves qualified for the role. Competition is great, but quite often, it ceases to be a healthy competition and becomes bitter and ugly. I’ve seen this at plenty of stops in my career, and while the unhealthy competition is bad enough, the resulting lack of trust poisons these teams for years to come.
The odds are that if you haven’t already, you soon will find yourself either as a part of or managing a team with remote workers. Technology, such as that that allows for teleworking, has improved many aspects of our lives, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t without its challenges. When it comes to remote work, this presents a new, and somewhat unique challenge for managers.
For quite some time, I’ve had something on my mind that I haven’t voiced because I didn’t want to offend many people that I worked with. So, I’m just going to come out and say it. MBAs are ruining business.
I’ve talked before about time being the ultimate currency. Assuming we believe that to be true, then it’s vital that we treat it as the precious and finite resource it is – and most importantly – that we use it wisely. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become obsessive about time. If you really want to go down a rabbit hole, check out The Death Clock for a reminder of just how precious and limited our time is (thanks to Tim Ferriss for introducing me to this).
As we dive deeper into the idea of leadership, it’s vital that we take a look around and expose ourselves to different opinions and perspectives so that we can incorporate those into our daily lives. Today, I’m thrilled to introduce a new series: The Leading By The Book Leadership Review. This series will spotlight individuals that I’ve found to be great leaders (and that in some cases, aren’t household names), and ask a series of questions to learn more about them and their leadership insights. I think that you’ll not only enjoy these interviews, but will take a great deal away that you can directly apply in your own lives.