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Use Radical Candor to Reduce "HR Debt"

Use Radical Candor to Reduce "HR Debt"

(this is one of a set of notes from my work coaching founders, CEOs and technical leaders in the tech industry.  Originally published in the “Leadership, Management and Being Human” newsletter) I recently highlighted this rather terrific post by Jessica Rose.  It kind...
Sometimes “Why?” Is the Wrong Question

Sometimes “Why?” Is the Wrong Question

Don’t Always Ask “Why?” This is a trick, but it works: don’t ask “why?”. I know – we love to ask “why?”. It’s the most fundamental of questions, the one that gets us to the bottom of things, the root. If we don’t know “why”, then we don’t know what we’re doing....
Curiosity: A Super Power That Gets Us Unstuck

Curiosity: A Super Power That Gets Us Unstuck

We get stuck. Somebody won’t listen – they just won’t. We’ve tried explaining what we want, why we think they’re wrong, what they should be doing better, and nothing happens, nothing changes. The decisions keep being delayed, the advice ignored, the obvious (to us)...