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How to Lead

Efficiently leading an organization is something that many people struggle with these days. While there is no easy path to do it successfully, there are some guidelines and ideas that can surely he...

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Leaders Eat Last

Leaders Eat Last

by Simon Sinek

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The Circle of Safety

The first step to being a good leader is understanding that an organization is essentially a Circle of Safety. The people's insecurities vanish inside this Circle, but a bad leade...

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An Introduction to Happiness Chemicals

When discussing human behavior, we need to dig a bit into how the brain works. There are 4 primary chemicals for happiness:

  • Endorphins
  • Dopamine
  • Serotonin
  • Oxytocin...

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The "Selfish" Chemicals

The first 2 chemicals are called "selfish" because they are focused on personal survival.

  1. Endorphins mask physical pain with pleasure and are a response to stress or fea...

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The "Social" Chemicals

The other 2 chemicals are focused on socialization and our belonging to a group.

  1. Serotonin causes the feeling of pride when others like or respect us.
  2. Ox...

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Oxytocin and serotonin grease the social machine. And when they are missing, friction results.

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What Is Cortisol?

Aside from the happiness chemicals, there is also the notion of cortisol the stress hormone. Historically, it's released when danger is close and we need to get out of a life-threa...

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Leaders in an Organization

People tend to chase the title of "leader" because it comes with great perks. These perks, however, come with the responsibility they have over their subjects or employees. Those who do not uphold ...

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Human Nature and Rules

Rules keep our society moving forward. But we don't really trust rules, we obey them. Trust is something inherently human due to oxytocin.

This is the reason we often hate bureaucrat...

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We don’t just trust people to obey the rules, we also trust that they know when to break them.

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Normalizing Layoffs

August 5, 1981, was the moment layoffs were normalized in the US by Ronald Reagan. He fired over 11,000 air traffic controllers on strike that day.

Layoffs have the goal of protecting commerc...

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Lifetime Employment

While layoffs can be a quick solution to make ends meet in financial statements, it does not mean they won't have long-term consequences.

The concept of "lifetime employment" guarant...

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A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths are a statistic.

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The Magic Number

There is a magic number of close connections that humans can have. That number is 150. If one of an organization's offices or factories has more employees, the human connections gr...

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Meet the People You Help!

Actually getting to see what impact your work has is infinitely more important than your boss complimenting you on it.

Due to human nature, putting money on the line is usually not as impactf...

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How Long Does It Take to Trust Someone?

We can never trust someone right away. Meeting a person for the first time naturally releases dopamine that masks how we actually feel about that person until the novelty fades; this is why we shou...

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Destructive Abundance

"Destructive Abundance" is the state where protecting the results is prioritized above protecting those who produce the results.

Companies get in this state because the leade...

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Those at the top have all the authority and none of the information. Those at the bottom have all the information and none of the authority.

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Authority and Integrity

Leaders have the vision and should delegate the authority to the ones with the information, that they can trust.

Trust requires integrity - the capacity of someone to consis...

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How you do anything is how you do everything.

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Organizations are Inherently Social

In "Alcoholics Anonymous" people don't get sober until they complete the 12th (and last) step of the program, which involves helping another addict overcome his addiction. It is the helping of anot...

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Human beings have thrived for fifty thousand years not because we are driven to serve ourselves, but because we are inspired to serve others.

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