The upside of laziness, impatience and hubris

How important is attitude in your hiring decisions? Bill Gates said, ” I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” Great leaders hire for attitude, knowing technical skills can be learned and behaviors are much more work to coach. Larry Wall, the inventor of the Perl programming language, illustrates.


Teach a (wo)man to fish.

The saying goes, “Give a man a fish, you feed him once. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for life.” How does this apply to leadership roles? Don’t give people answers. Rather, equip them to find the answers themselves. Form lasting habits of problem-solving skills. Why does this matter? People promoted to leadership … Continue reading

Same difference.

Opposites can look the same. Leaders must be alert, or pay the price. Awareness can help look in the right places and discern. Remember these patterns and don’t be taken in by deceptive appearances.

Behavioral Competencies

Most organizations have a set of core values. Some organizations go to lengths so that behaviors that express core values (and some that don’t) are clearly spelled out. This is useful and provides a common reference point for culture. Jay has posted the behavioral competencies from the HR web-siteĀ  very visibly at his desk. He … Continue reading