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  • Owls, Larks, And Productivity

    Learn to recognize what time of the day works for what type of activity for you specifically, and then schedule your day accordingly. Get to bed and wake up at the regular time as much as possible. Routine aligned with your circadian rhythms will work miracles for your productivity.

  • Good Old Days Were The Worst

    Use critical thinking, actively search for information from credible sources, listen to opinions different from yours, and focus on the future rather than on the past. Remember, the past was the worst.

  • Real Leaders Stand Up To Bullies In Management

    Standing up to bullies is a risky proposition. However, that doesn’t change the fact that standing up to bullies is a moral responsibility of every leader and, in fact, of every decent human being. In the end, life is too short to spend it around jerks and bullies.

  • Why To Take A Nap At Work

    Take a break. A short, ten to twenty minutes nap followed by face-washing and sitting in a brightly light room with a cup of coffee works the best.

  • Business Is Not About Heroes And Villains

    Don’t get seduced by the worship of personality. It is a mistake to latch on only one person, and say that they are the reason behind the success. You may miss all the other factors that played a role and learn the wrong lessons.

  • Culture Is Not Created By What You Preach, But What You Tolerate

    Leadership takes effort. When you abdicate your leadership responsibility, you may end up with a myriad of policies and processes that no one understands and follows. Stop solving your people’s problems by creating more and more processes, policies, and reports. Focus on providing leadership and support instead.

  • How To Stop Procrastinating

    With proper routines and habits, you will stop procrastination and become addicted to getting things done. You will be addicted to the good feeling of achieving what you set to achieve.

  • Why You Are Bad At Spotting Liars

    How do you know whether someone lies to you? You don’t. And that is okay. Use the truth-default setting that nature programmed you with and learn to trust people. It will help you build stronger relationships.

  • Historical Take On Cultural Differences

    When you work with people from cultural background, go slow, listen, ask questions, make no assumptions, and try hard to understand. You may realize that your ways would lead to disaster. Having the humility and mental flexibility to see the world through the eyes of others and adjusting your behavior accordingly is the skill you want to cultivate.

  • Stop Hiring For Cultural Fit, Do This Instead

    Instead of hiring those similar to you, hire those whose values align with the company’s values, regardless of their cultural and educational background and lifestyle choices. When values drive your interview process, you still hire the right people, but they won’t be all the same.