Why the Lowly Dandelion Is a Better Metaphor for Leaders than the Mighty Banyan

Banyans are among the world’s largest and longest-living trees, and have come to symbolize strong, stable leadership in South East Asian culture. In this  Harvard Business Review post, I encourage leaders to act more like the dandelion, a small weed that lives an unremarkable, fleeting life. From conventional reasoning, you’d be hard pressed to find a management guru who would recommend that we lead like dandelions. Yes, … Continue reading Why the Lowly Dandelion Is a Better Metaphor for Leaders than the Mighty Banyan

The seductive illusion of choice

“You can have any car you want, as long as it is black” – Henry Ford These famous words by Henry Ford in 1942 exemplified the industrial age, during which innovations in automation drove unprecedented advances in mass production, making it possible for to manufacture products that were once too complex and expensive, and deliver them to scale for the masses at an affordable price. … Continue reading The seductive illusion of choice

Use this simple algebraic formula to become more successful in 2017.

Sometimes leadership lessons come from the most unexpected places. While leadership fads come and go, a few timeless pieces resonate with their simplicity and pragmatism.

One such piece of advice comes from Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) World Champion, Frank Shamrock. It outlines a simple mental model we can all use to become more successful in work, and in life.

According to Mr. Shamrock, we all need a mindset of a plus, a minus, and an equal.

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Choke Point: How to make critical decisions when under pressure

With more attention than ever before on sports and athletic performance, I find myself intrigued by why some athletes are able to consistently perform extraordinarily well under high-pressure while others don’t.  Is it just because they’re more skilled and better trained?  Are they trying harder? Are they taking more (or fewer) risks? Or maybe they just have an innate, God-given gift to make the right … Continue reading Choke Point: How to make critical decisions when under pressure