How Mean Bosses Make You a Better Boss

Someone once said to me that one of their life philosophies is that “When life throws a mean boss your way, it means that you have more to learn… about being the exact opposite.”

I thought that was an interesting thought, and it was reaffirmed in a recent LinkedIn Influencer article by Naomi Simpson.

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The story of blind spots and organisational performance

“Better self awareness could lead to better individual performance.”
Well, depending on how effectively the individual harnesses that insight, I agree that it is certainly a possible outcome.

Current research now brings that statement one step further, by pointing to statistics that co-relate better individual self awareness to better organisational performance as well.

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6 Social Media Skills Your Leaders Need

Social media in business, and in some forms known as social business, can have great benefits such as enabling horizontal collaboration, unscripted conversations and driving innovation.

But like any organisational cultural change, it often falls on the leaders of the organisation to drive adoption, and I don’t mean just vocally encouraging people to utilise some new funky online tool.

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Tips for Public Speaking: Because “imagine everyone is naked” is terrible advice

Whether you are a natural on stage or not, the thought of public speaking has always generated much angst, and subsequently has been a hot topic of discussion on “how best to”.

As leaders, whether you are reaching out to a wide audience group, or trying to hold a small audience captive, having a few public speaking tricks up your sleeve always helps.

Zach Holman, prominent developer for GitHub and now tech speaker, shares his insights on the topic with some really achievable tips, via his newly launched website,, which offers actionable tips on how to overcome your fear, as well as advice on preparing a great speech and keeping people interested when you’re delivering it.

Honestly, the website design is pretty polished as well!


Here are 3 other quick tips that Zach offers via an interview in to get you started.

These really work for me as quick reminders when I’m short on prep time:

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The importance of discomfort

As Seth Godin says in his book, Linchpin: Are You Indispensible, “Discomfort brings engagement and change. Discomfort means you’re doing something that others were unlikely to do, because they’re hiding out in the comfortable zone. When your uncomfortable actions lead to success, the organization rewards you and brings you back for more.”

In a way, the feeling of discomfort is how you know you are constantly pushing yourself, to do things differently, to want something better for yourself.

Although the thought of ‘discomfort’ certainly isn’t a compelling proposition.

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