Mark Cuban On Why A Team Can Have One Knucklehead (But Not Two)

Mark Cuban says any team, group, or organization can afford to have one knucklehead.  That’s because one knucklehead will blend in, follow, and figure out how to not muck things up.  However, if you have two knuckleheads - then you have a problem.  Culture and chemistry are critical to success. A team can have one … Continue reading Mark Cuban On Why A Team Can Have One Knucklehead (But Not Two)

Seth Godin’s Definition Of A Tribe

I’m doing a lot of thinking about teamwork lately. With my peers, with our clients, and beyond. For the 13th or maybe 50th time, I picked Seth Godin’s classic Tribes up to help my brain out.  Godin says, "A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected … Continue reading Seth Godin’s Definition Of A Tribe

What Leaders Do (And Managers Don’t) In Unstable Times

A little wisdom from Seth Godin on how to lead during tough times (you know, like during global pandemics, hot wars, cold wars, and recessions for example): In unstable times, growth comes from leaders who create change and engage their organizations, instead of from managers who push their employees to do more for less.  Let’s … Continue reading What Leaders Do (And Managers Don’t) In Unstable Times

Ego At Work – Public And Private

As the poet-philosopher Sturgill Simpson once said, “Woke up today and decided to kill my ego.” Leadership is a funny thing. Especially as an organization scales. It takes a healthy amount of ego to think you can do what others deem unthinkable. But if your only speed is full speed ahead, you can run into… … Continue reading Ego At Work – Public And Private

What Deadlines, Pumpkin Spice In Summer, And Ambitions Have In Common

“Do you believe they have pumpkin-flavored everything already?! It’s still summer!” - people (worrying about mostly pointless things) “To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.” - Leonard Bernstein (but he didn’t really say this, h/t Laurie H. and then Quote Investigator) “Two necessities in doing a great … Continue reading What Deadlines, Pumpkin Spice In Summer, And Ambitions Have In Common

Rules, Rules, And More Rules

Kyla Scanlon shared Sister Corita Kent’s “Immaculate Heart College Art Department Rules” and they’re print-out-and-hang-on-the-wall good.  Here they are: Rule 1 - Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.  Rule 2 - General duties of a student: pull everything out of your teacher, pull everything out of your fellow … Continue reading Rules, Rules, And More Rules

Your Friends = How Fast You Compound

Kunal Shah has made the remark (paraphrasing), “Your group of friends determines how fast you compound.”  In other words, if you want to grow, have friends who also want to grow.  If you want to be trapped, small-minded, or stuck in a rut - then pick your friends accordingly for that outcome too.  Shah’s point … Continue reading Your Friends = How Fast You Compound

Podcast Of The Week: The Pink House

I listened to this podcast a few weeks ago after Roe was overturned. I’m still thinking of it. As always, Ira Glass gives us a fascinating 360-degree take. I’m still digesting it and wanted to share, just in case you missed it.  This American Life takes us first to the Pink House in Jackson, Mississippi. … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: The Pink House

Two Types Of Trust

David Burkus has a fascinating post up about the “Two Types of Trust on Teams.”  Here’s the short version: Trust is what enables teams to work well together.  More trust = better, less trust = worse.  The two types of trust worth focusing on (and building/rebuilding) are Cognition-based trust and Affect-based trust.  Cognition-based trust is … Continue reading Two Types Of Trust