Category Archives: Corporate Awesomeness

What Employees Really Want From Their Managers

I used to think managers needed to be likable, charismatic and extroverted to be considered great managers. In other words, I thought great managers also needed to be great friends to their employees. After all, people want to work with those they like, right? Not necessarily. Friendliness is great, but it turns out that most employees already have friends. They […]

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The Difference Between Managing Time and Investing It

Of all the resources given to human beings, there is only one (that I can think of) that is given equally to everyone: time. Everything else—brains, physical strength, economic opportunity—seems to be doled out to humans arbitrarily. Even air and water quality differ depending on where you live. Ah, but time! Time is the great equalizer. Everyone is given the […]

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The Corporate Skills You Didn’t Learn In College

My wife and I have three children, each born under the supervision of a different doctor. Our opinion of each doctor’s performance varied greatly. We loved the first doctor; we really, really liked the second; we strongly disliked the third. As I’ve reflected on our criteria for rating these doctors, I’ve come to this startling realization: each doctor’s technical skill […]

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Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed…In Corporate America

If Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed were corporate employees, who would win? In 1976, the Oscar went to Rocky, the iconic film about a mediocre boxer with a huge heart, who is given the chance to fight the Heavy Weight Champion of the World, Apollo Creed. Apollo is known for his superior physicality, unbelievable speed, and self-aggrandizing showmanship. Rocky is […]

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