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Know-It-Alls are Obnoxious — Know-It-All Leaders are Dangerous

There’s nothing more annoying than a self-important jerk bragging about how smart he is. Football picks, investments, business decisions – it doesn’t matter what it’s about; it’s that smug arrogance that gets you. And, if we’re being honest with ourselves, maybe that jealous little voice in our heads that says,[…] Read On

Congrats, You’re the CEO: Chief Ego Officer

The only real advance in organizational development over the past 50 years is the reengineering of executive titles. We now have chief officers for every function and non-function, from marketing and information to experience and ethics. The purpose of all those c-level titles? One word. Ego. That’s right; no company[…] Read On

The Real Difference Between Leaders and Managers

In the 19th century, Karl Marx famously identified religion as the opium of the people. In the 21st century, the opium of the people is content. Massive amounts of content are generated and consumed daily by billions of people who increasingly resemble faithful followers, if not outright drug addicts. The[…] Read On

Are Apple and Google Destined to Become Dinosaurs, Like GE?

You’ve got to marvel at how tech giants have come to dominate the S&P. You have to dig way down to number seven by market cap before you hit a non-tech company. In case you’re wondering, that would be Berkshire Hathaway, with Johnson & Johnson, Exxon Mobil and JPMorgan rounding[…] Read On