What would the Internet look like without your online shop?

"How do I become no. 1?" "It depends." "On what?" "On using your mind." No, I haven't drunk too much oolong tea this morning. And yes, I am still asking you this. Sit down with me, have a cup of tea or coffee, whichever you like (I've just set out for a light green mango peach ...

5 things a manager can’t (and shouldn’t) delegate

"You have to do many things yourself. Things that you cannot delegate." - Nadine Gramling As you already know, I truly believe managers should build teams, empower team members and orchestrate the implementation of main tasks. I believe managers should and must delegate... a lot. However, in my opinion, they should delegate everything but some tasks that ...

Should you hire slow and fire fast? – Part 1: Hire slow

"The secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world."  - Steve Jobs My Coconut Milk Mate tea this morning inspired me to write about one of the easiest to explain and most difficult to apply people management mantras. It's the typical hire slow and fire fast. ...

To have an awesome team, be an awesome leader!

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” – Andrew Carnegie My morning caramel nougat ice tea, reminds me that I was explaining recently that your team is a reflection of your leadership. You may have grown discontent with your team, ...

Employee motivation: making sense out of employee benefits and other perks

"Price is what you pay. Value is what you get." - Warren Buffet My morning honey yuzu green tea routine was interrupted today by a friend of mine asking me what to do to motivate a Senior Manager in her business team. A Senior Manager that has been in her team for long and whose salary ...

Next time you don’t do what you are supposed to do, I’ll try to understand WHY

"For every hundred men hacking away at the branches of a diseased tree, only one will stoop to inspect the roots." - Chinese Proverb Drinking my chocolate truffle black tea along with my morning HBR reading. Read an interesting piece on employee performance and immediately was reminded of an organization I worked with, where the management ...

You can’t force a kid to eat. How could you force an adult to work?

"The creation of the civil society is the victory of persuasion over force." - Plato We all know we can't force a kid to eat. Or a cat for that matter. How come as managers we get ourselves to think that we can force our team to work? The paradox of nowadays business environment. Yes, it's that ...