There is a little principle that I sometimes call the “golden watch principle”: When I want something from someone else (like a golden watch), their ability to withhold what I want gives them power over me.
In most cultures men/women can choose their career … be it an architect, lawyer, doctor, policeman or whatever. In Sparta there was no choice in the matter. As a newborn son, if you survived the scrutiny of the magistrates and were deemed fit, your only job for the rest of […]
Imagine your 80-year-old self reflecting on how you played the game until this point. Looking back, did you achieve everything that you set out to do? Some of it? None of it? Did the promise life or at least GQ, Vogue and Cosmopolitan magazines make you come true? Did you […]
I was at the beach a couple of weeks ago. When I swam I stayed in the shallows. Every now and again, I’d spot a small fish or some sea shells. It was pleasant enough. But after a while I got bored. Seriously, one can only body surf for so […]
To avoid these consequences, managers must stop viewing management as the job of using people to achieve a result.