Shane Snow puts together a series of “you need both of these conflicting points of view” charts for leadership. “willing to change” vs “willing to fight”; “personal support” vs “intellectual conflict” etc. The subtleties lie in which choice to make, and when.
I enjoyed this. Finding your “voice” as a leader - the unique express of who you are at work - is a necessary step. Deb Liu (a VP at Facebook) describes why and how she went about it.
“For me, the hardest part of finding my voice was worrying that I had nothing to say that was worth listening to… over time I found that sharing more of myself was not a weakness but an opportunity to connect”
This is great. A list of phrases that should raise a red flag when you are intent on creating an inclusive workplace. “I’m sure he didn’t mean to offend anyone”. And “I don’t think she would be a culture fit”. Make you wince a bit? Might be some stuff to look at there.
Fascinating. A screed Against Culture, worth reading to challenge the notion that “culture is everything”. I happen to think it pretty much is, so was useful to think through the challenges presented here (mostly that it can cause a resistance to change, which can definitely be an issue).
“The want of logic annoys. Too much logic bores. Life eludes logic, and everything that logic alone constructs remains artificial and forced” Andre Gide
“If you can’t tolerate critics, don’t do anything new or interesting” Jeff Bezos
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