Skillfully Resolving Paradox

One of my favorite blogs is PsyBlog, which posts juicy tidbits about the latest research in psychology. As useful as I generally find it, I couldn’t help but laugh at a recent post entitled, “Can you get things done without making people hate you?” It cited research that found that assertiveness was necessary to get things done, but higher levels of it had diminishing returns. In other words, if you weren’t assertive enough, no one would pay attention to you. […]

Goals as a Liberating Force

I recently had a conversation with a leader who was frustrated with the ability of his people to set goals and to prioritize their time. It is a complaint I have heard often over the years. In many companies today, executive teams are in the habit of setting stretch goals that require everyone to constantly work at a sprint pace. Leaders want their organization to aim for the stars. They need results. Fast. Some even hope for innovation. Yet people […]