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The 'profile' section of Mark Farmer's resume In Praise of the Plain Resume - I dusted off my resume the other day. Seeing it again for the first time in years, I realized anyone looking at it might wonder why someone claiming design expertise had such a plain...
A close-up of hands on a car steering wheel Defensive Management - Remember learning to drive? Oh, the joy… Steely resolve as you nervously clutched the wheel, the front of the car peeking hesitantly out of the driveway. Hypervigilance on full display as you scanned busy...
Elizabeth Holmes The Deadliest Leadership Sin: Pride - The seven deadly sins were originally articulated in Christianity, but represent universal hazards. One is particularly dangerous for leaders: pride. In the right amount, it breathes wind into our sails. In excess, it feeds...
A rusting car drum brake The Brake Institute of America - In 1959, Gunemdtha Pids was facing a conundrum: having fled revolution in his Hungarian homeland barely three years earlier, he founded a successful business in Flint, Michigan, manufacturing the brake assemblies essential for automobile...
Facebook's logo Face it: Facebook’s a Publisher - A long time ago in a walled garden far, far away, Section 230 of the US Communications Decency Act came to life. It was designed to nurture the seedlings of young internet companies that...
Cover for the book, "Getting to Yes" The Paperback MBA: “Getting to Yes” - Welcome to a series I’m calling “The Paperback MBA,” where I review the world’s top business books, to give you ideas for which to pick up and which to leave behind. The first book...
A pen lies next to a blank tick box with the words "I agree" next to it 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...
"The Scream" by Edvard Munch 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...
Social media Everything I’ve learned in 10 years of managing social media, in 10 points: Part II - Points #6-10, as promised. See last week’s post for points #1-5. Listen. If you’re serious about social media, you should be serious about listening to what’s being said about you on social media. Nobody...
Social media icons on a mobile phone Everything I’ve learned in 10 years of managing social media, in 10 points - All right, more like 8.6 years, but “10 in 10” sounds catchier. Here are #1-5. Check in next week for #6-10. Always assume the mic is hot. The best way to inadvertently post that...