Self-Coach Blog

Stop encouraging leadership at work

To all real business people, I say stop encouraging leadership at work. Actually, go the whole hog. Stop this leadership nonsense altogether. What are leaders supposed to do? That’s right, leaders are supposed to create a passionate vision that will inspire me to live up to my full potential. Well, guess what. If you manage…
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Delegate your office for a proper vacation

Are you still on vacation? Good. Let’s talk more about managing from a distance. As you know, you can delegate authority, but you cannot delegate responsibility. In other words, you may give a subordinate the necessary power to act, but you will still be held responsible for the consequences. Here’s the rub. The fear of…
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Don’t only build your strengths

Here’s a trap to avoid if you want to land a job or get a promotion. Some populist life-skills coaches promote the idea that you should build your strengths, while ignoring your weaknesses. They argue that you are employed and rewarded for your strengths, not to work on your weaknesses. This is nonsense. And it…
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Whistle as you (stop) work

Guess what I like about sports and other games. They end. They finish. They last for a pre-defined, limited time. Remember when we had a time limited for work? It was called the 8-hour day and the 40-hour week. You don’t remember? No wonder. All work and no play gives Jack a dull memory. Do…
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The three most important words I have learned

Let me share with you the three most important words I learned as a consultant. Read carefully: “I don’t know.” Yes, yes, I know that consultants are not normally paid for not knowing. Nor are leaders. But leaders and consultants can be at their most effective when they admit to not knowing. When a leader…
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How your curvaceous bottom can lead to liking (your job or project)

We fall ill before we seek medication. We get down and depressed before we seek help. We do the same with a new project or job — we bump our head before we seek advice. There is a better way. When you land a new high-level job or important project, do the following: Imagine a…
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