Imposter Syndrome Vs. I’m The Poster Boy Syndrome

On one hand, sometimes you feel like you’re an imposter and have no right to even attempt what you’re doing (or scared to start doing).  On the other, you feel like “I’ve soooo got this. I’m the champ - look at my crown, everybody gather round and listen up.”  It’s useful to know the term … Continue reading Imposter Syndrome Vs. I’m The Poster Boy Syndrome

There Is No Normal, Normal is ALWAYS Subjective (Haig)

A quote from Matt Haig’s Reasons To Stay Alive, There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion version of normal on this planet.  Haig’s book is intensely personal. But this quote works on an intrapersonal level too.  If we accept there is no standard normal, we can approach each person’s journey … Continue reading There Is No Normal, Normal is ALWAYS Subjective (Haig)

The Peter Principle Is Funny, But Also A Key Insight Into Our Professional Identity

The Peter Principle states a person will be promoted, at work, until they are one level beyond their maximum skill level.  This explains how a star salesman can be promoted up to a less-than-mediocre manager, and a million other Michael Scott quality examples.  If you’ve ever said, “how did this loser get this job,” you've … Continue reading The Peter Principle Is Funny, But Also A Key Insight Into Our Professional Identity

How To Use Status To Create (Or Destroy!) Value

First, as a rule, if you tell people “look how organized I am,” the universe will then throw a proverbial wrench into your gearbox and howl with a laughter only the cruelest of taskmasters can howl. Last night, after a marathon of calls and busyness, I was making dinner and remembering I still didn’t write … Continue reading How To Use Status To Create (Or Destroy!) Value

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

Live As If You Have A Responsibility For What Other People Want

Ever read a book that sort of breaks your brain because it gives you a new model/way to see things? Where you know it somehow fits/overlaps with the current way you see things, but you can’t quite fit it into place? Like it’s a single flower in a field of flowers puzzle and now you’re … Continue reading Live As If You Have A Responsibility For What Other People Want