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Your Company’s Culture is Who You Hire, Fire, & Promote

Part 1, The Performance-Values Matrix “The actual company values, as opposed to the nice-sounding values, are shown by who gets rewarded, promoted, or let go.” – Netflix Culture: Freedom & Responsibility Every time I walk into a new company I am advising, I invariably encounter a set of noble values that are prominently displayed on

Why 4 a.m. Is the Most Productive Hour – WSJ

Some people begin to work or tackle personal tasks before sunrise, aiming to find focus before distractions begin in the standard morning rush. Most people who wake up at 4 a.m. do it because they have to—farmers, flight attendants, currency traders and postal workers. Others rise before dawn because they want to. Russ Perry, the

What Great Listeners Actually Do

It’s about more than keeping quiet. Chances are you think you’re a good listener.  People’s appraisal of their listening ability is much like their assessment of their driving skills, in that the great bulk of adults think they’re above average. In our experience, most people think good listening comes down to doing three things: Not

When Transparency Backfires, and How to Prevent It

Openness doesn’t always translate into good behavior. Sunlight, as the saying goes, is the best disinfectant. And it’s tempting to think that if we just shine a light on wrongdoing, wrongdoing will go away. Hence when Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal came to light, German chancellor Angela Merkel demanded complete transparency in response. When contaminated meat

Christian Time Management

Time management is a booming business—everyone wants to get more done and control time wasters. But for Christians the need to manage time is even more urgent. by Mike Bennett Time management experts and philosophers are fond of reminding us that our time is our life. Whatever controls our time, controls our life. Most of us