By now, we all know that leadership is tough, hard, exciting and demanding. But, at the same time, what most people learn the hard way is that it is not a short drive in the beautiful countryside. Instead, it is a long drive across the entire country that requires a look at the roadmap to avoid the roadblocks while understanding the routes and the detours along the way, long before the drive begins. When leaders decide to take this journey, decisions will have to be made that will determine whether success, or a lack of it will be realized once the journey has begun.
Conversations are not competitions. Don’t win them – enrich them.
~ Mike Myatt
There is an old saying in show business that goes like this:
“Life is easy; it’s comedy that’s hard.”
That adage came to mind as I finished Bob Mankoff’s wonderful and warm memoir, How about Never–Is never good for you? My Life in Cartoons. That line also serves as the punch line to Mankoff’s most famous cartoons. Mankoff is the cartoon editor of The New Yorker as well as a long time contributor to the magazine as a working cartoonist. Now turning 70 Mankoff looks back at his career not only with wry wit but with the soul of successful cartoonist, one blessed with a sense of irony as well as a work ethic that shapes his approach to his craft as well as his management style.
Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. It’s become a popular acronym but it is very real. In this video, Grant Wattie, President of N2Growth Australia, discusses how you, as a leader, can’t hold on to traditional leadership techniques and make it in this world full of VUCA.
At N2Growth, we would love the opportunity to speak with you and see how we can help you navigate the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity facing your organization.Read More›
We listen to leaders who talk but we pay attention to leaders who listen.
~ Brian Layer
“Sometimes you can learn best about a topic by identifying what it isn’t before you define what it is.”
This hit home with me when I was asked how you could know when an organization lacks purpose. The interviewer was Shawn Murphy, a workplace consultant and host of the popular “Work That Matters” podcast. I thought the question was brilliant because it challenged me to define purpose by first describing what it was like without purpose.
Are you looking for that much needed strategic advantage in life? Are you looking to gain an edge over the competition to get that job you believe and think is already yours? If so, all it takes is learning how to follow three simple rules to develop a shift in your mindset to hone your skills to become a stronger leader for yourself and others.Read More›
Why do you do what you do? In this video, Grant Wattie, President of N2Growth Australia, discusses how you should really be honest with yourself when you come to a crossroads with your professional career. Ask yourself, what do you value? And will your choices allow you to live your values?Read More›
When you are presenting your ideas, you don’t have to sublimate your personality. It may be your most important asset.
Seth Rogen, a comedic actor, made this point abundantly clear in his testimony to a Senate committee looking into Alzheimer’s Research. Rogen has first-hand experience with the disease. Alzheimer’s struck his mother-in-law while she was in her fifties, and has started a foundation, Hilarity for Charity, to raise awareness and offer to support to sufferers and their families.
March Madness resumes tonight and in a pressure packed weekend of excitement, the Sweet Sixteen will shrink to the Final Four. Only the strongest teams will survive and while their defensive pressure, explosive running game or deep shooting might define their style, their success rests on five obsessions. These obsessions are common to champions and may very well help your team in your competitive endeavor.Read More›