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Forget All That Leadership Nonsense and Do Your Freaking Job

First there was the scourge of political correctness. Then came the No Asshole Rule, Emotional Intelligence and Conscious Capitalism. Now we’re supposed to Lead with Dignity by raising our “dignity consciousness.” Meanwhile leaders are supposed to be likable, positive and grateful. They’re supposed to avoid conflict, not to mention saying[…] Read On

The ‘Self-Help’ Scam

I am not a fan of the self-help, personal improvement, motivational genre. To be specific, it’s the I can [teach you/help you/motivate you] to be [happy/rich/successful] if you buy my [book/blog/course] merry-go-round I don’t care for. I don’t care if authors have academic, research, finance, religious or sales backgrounds, they’re mostly shysters[…] Read On

Another Day, Another Steve Jobs Tell-All Book. Yawn

Another day, another Steve Jobs tell-all book. Cue the biting commentary, the judgmental outrage, the recriminations, the Twitter tantrums. Yawn. Not to mention the overwrought headlines by disillusioned techies who didn’t even read the damn book, like Business Insider’s “The memoir by Steve Jobs’ daughter makes clear he was a[…] Read On

The Myth of the Visionary Leader

In his book “Real Leaders Don’t Follow,” Silicon Valley management consultant and former senior executive Steve Tobak busts many of today’s most popular leadership and entrepreneurial myths. Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen sees himself as a visionary, an idea man; that much is clear from his book, Idea Man: A Memoir[…] Read On

Calling BS on the Leadership Business

It wasn’t that long ago that you rarely heard words like “entrepreneurship” and “leadership” in business conversation. People just started businesses and ran companies. That’s what they did, so that’s what they identified with. Their jobs. Their work. Their companies. Not labels. To my knowledge, that hasn’t changed. But somehow,[…] Read On