Paying Hubris’ Fare at Uber

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This morning brought the news that Travis Kalanick has succumbed to investor pressure and resigned his post as CEO of the company he founded, Uber. According to the New York Times, five investors who control more than 25% of Uber’s stock and hold approximately 40% of its voting power issued the resignation demand to Kalanick by way of letter yesterday. This news …

Leading the Dubs’ Steps

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Confession: I’m not really a fan of basketball, and even less so a fan of the NBA. I am, however, a fan of Leaders in any arena, and this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated had an NBA story that managed to grab my attention because of the powerful message about leadership it carried. As the NBA season concludes with a Finals …

4 Ways Your Annual Review Is A Game Of ‘Calvinball’

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Originally posted at Forbes.com As the end of the year fast approaches, employers and employees everywhere are embarking upon the annual exercise of the performance review. For too many, this experience is less like a genuine moment of competency evaluation and improvement insight, and more like a game of Calvinball with a salary increase at stake. For the too young or the uninitiated, …

Why Lead?

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Originally posted at Forbes.com There has never been a better time to ask the question of how to succeed as a leader, as the internet is awash in prescriptive answers. Google the simple query “how to be a successful leader,” and you will receive over 280 billion results, chock full of easily digestible lists: “The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically …

The Truth About Lies

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This past week NPR’s podcast On the Media aired an episode titled “Lies, Lies, Lies,” which it described as follows: This election season has been rife with misinformation, half-truths, and pure deceit… but lying in politics dates back centuries. This week we devote a whole hour to LIES: the ones our leaders tell us, and the ones we tell ourselves and …