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How to Fire a Colleague You Love

A version of this article appeared at Inc.com It’s one of the severest tests of any leader: faced with the persistent underperformance of someone you’ve worked with for years, you’re contemplating the unthinkable – firing a genuinely trusted,…

31 Things Every Leader Needs to Know About Themselves

A version of this article appeared at Inc.com For most people, the key to becoming a better leader lies not in training or skills development, but in self-awareness. For most of us, it’s our blind spots that hold us back, not the things we…

3 Leadership Lessons from Linkbait Titles Like This

A version of this article appeared at Inc.com I have a confession to make: I have a love-hate relationship with this column. It goes without saying that I love working with the fine folks at Inc. (especially my wonderful editor – hi Nicole!),…

You’re Not a Leader Just Because Someone Says So

A version of this article appeared at Inc.com Last week, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong was forced to issue an apology for singling out two employees as specific examples while explaining changes in the company’s health care policy (he also reversed…

Comfortable With Ambiguity? Or Avoiding Clarity? The Difference Will Kill Your Team.

A version of this article appeared at Inc.com Even much-loved leaders can drive their team crazy. Of course, driving your team crazy is one way to incite heroic performance (with all the good and bad that entails), but eventually – if you…

The Dark Side of Heroic Leadership

A version of this article appeared at Inc.com One of the true pleasures of my job is that just about every day I get to witness acts of heroic leadership. Whether it’s the project manager who leads his team through a series of all-nighters…

My 2013 Books of the Year

A version of this article appeared at Inc.com I noticed a few things in my reading this year: 1. For the second year running, there was no outstanding, ‘must-have’ business book. I might be getting harder to please as I get older, but there…

What We Lost With Nelson Mandela

A version of this article appeared at Inc.com Well, it’s been pretty much wall-to-wall Mandela this week, as it should be. There was, of course, the usual pre-recorded pabulum and vox pop interviews with, it seemed, everyone who met the man,…