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Consensual Leadership

Consensual authority is an age-old idea: if authority is wielded arbitrarily, eventually it fails. People need to consent to authority for it to be legitimate and effective. Otherwise, you end up with autocracy. Consensual...

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Justadditis

It’s insidious. It lurks in the shadows, waiting for a chance to strike. It knows no remorse. It has no feelings. Its only desire is to inflate your website. It is… Justadditis. All websites...

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The Bucket Theory of Work: Part I

Everybody was meant to do something. Everybody is good at something. Whether the thing(s) you were meant to do and are good at are career-worthy is another question entirely. A lot depends on when...

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The Good Idea Test

Want to get a quick sense of the vitality, leadership and sanity of an organization? Ask a very simple question: “What do you do with good ideas?” Good ideas die daily in dysfunctional organizations....

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Randomly Problematic

How do you solve a problem like “problematic”? The word has become a universal shortcut for describing something as having a problem, without actually specifying the problem. It also makes you sound more erudite...