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Stop Handing Out Business Cards
September 1, 2016
Stop Handing Out Business Cards

I finally decided to recycle the last box of business cards that I had collected from various connections over the years. There was no good reason to hang onto them…

How to Craft a Winning Product Roadmap Presentation
August 30, 2016
How to Craft a Winning Product Roadmap Presentation

So, you just built an awesome roadmap. Congrats. Customers are going to love it because you prioritized what many of them were asking for. You did a fine job working with…

Hey Boss: This Job Is Making Me Sick
August 25, 2016
Hey Boss: This Job Is Making Me Sick

I have worked for a number of different leaders. The best ones had a clear vision, shared their goals, and were eager to help people accomplish them. They also focused on…

In Defense of the Office Weasel
August 23, 2016
In Defense of the Office Weasel

Who knew weasels were so popular? The response to my recent post “How to Spot the Weasel in Your Office” was overwhelming. To date, more than 80,000 people have read it…

An Open Letter to Your Side Hustle
August 18, 2016
An Open Letter to Your Side Hustle

It seems like everywhere you look these days there is another article on the “side hustle.” Maybe it’s the fascination with the “gig economy.” Whatever you call it, it’s…

The One Thing Missing From Your Work Day
August 16, 2016
The One Thing Missing From Your Work Day

A UX designer, an engineer, and a product manager are walking on the beach discussing a project. They stumble upon a mysterious lamp partially hidden in the sand, which…

How to Decode Management Doublespeak
August 15, 2016
How to Decode Management Doublespeak

Bugged by buzzwords? Join the club. Many readers agreed with our list of buzzwords we wish would disappear. More than 1,000 people shared on social media and suggested a…

Stop Saying These 15 Business Buzzwords (Please)
August 11, 2016
Stop Saying These 15 Business Buzzwords (Please)

I wish we could just “peel back the onion” … but unfortunately business buzzwords are here to stay. The buzzword is a life raft for a disillusioned and disengaged…

The One Bias Every Leader Should Fear
August 9, 2016
The One Bias Every Leader Should Fear

There is fear in the air and drama in the conference room. People avoid making eye contact as they pass in the halls. The tension is palpable. Your mind reels, wondering…

The Insanely Simple Interview Question You’re Getting Wrong
August 4, 2016
The Insanely Simple Interview Question You’re Getting Wrong

The lead-up to an important job interview can certainly cause a few sleepless nights. Do you prepare for both the obvious and outlandish questions the hiring manager…

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