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Trust Your Instincts

Michelle was a phenomenal salesperson, so it seemed only logical to promote her to the Director of Sales position. But just three months later the whole department is in disarray and sales are down 15%. Michelle knows sales. She has great emotional intelligence. But she’s not performing well in her new role. What’s going on here? (more…) Read more

Work Less, Accomplish More

Many people are convinced that working over 40 hours a week is not only necessary, but noble as well. They often express this belief with an almost religious fervor. I know of employees who brag about the number of consecutive 80-hour weeks they have worked. They even brag about the lack of sleep that results from over-working themselves. More and more, leaving the office at 5:00pm is considered a cardinal sin, and going home early is practically unforgivable. (more…) Read more

What Leaders Can Learn from Artists

There is a terrible misconception emanating from self-help books and life coaches. Perhaps you’ve heard it. It goes like this: if only you can just determine what you are really passionate about, success will be yours. Many people seem to think that passion is like a hidden river; once you find it, you simply have to launch your canoe and it will carry you briskly away to a land of achievement and success—no paddling required. But as any successful artist can tell ... Read more

For the Love of Work

Dorothy Sayers, the brilliant English writer, said it best in her essay, "Why Work?": Work is not, primarily, a thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do. It is, or it should be, the full expression of the worker’s faculties, the thing in which he finds spiritual, mental and bodily satisfaction, and the medium in which he offers himself to God. [full text below] If this statement seems naïve or idealistic to you, I would encourage you to view ... Read more
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