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What do you do when you’re keen to take on a leadership position, but your bosses don’t think you’re ready yet? He might say that you haven't been with the organization long enough, or that you don’t yet have the skills to be a manager. In this case, there’s only one thing you can do – start leading anyway, even without authority.

That’s exactly what Zina, a talented young doctor, decided to do. Zina wanted to step into a leadership role so that she could transform her hospital’s approach to patient care. Frustratingly, she was told that she hadn’t worked at the hospital long enough to...



How can you achieve your goals in the workplace? You might assume that the more authority you have, the easier it will be. If you’re a manager, say, then you have a team of people at your disposal to do exactly what you tell them to do. But in reality, it’s not as simple as all that. In today’s workplace, you should look beyond your official team if you want to make an impact in your organization.

The key message here is: Exercising your authority isn’t going to help you achieve all your goals.



Real leadership isn’t about telling people what to do. It’s about collaboration and mutual interests. With this in mind, you don’t have to be a manager to start leading change. Once you’ve identified the people who are part of your wider team, you can begin building trusting relationships with them. These relationships can then be leveraged to increase your influence in your organization, and help you achieve your goals.

Lean in to talented coworkers

Sometimes it pays to lead people outside of your team, too. Perhaps there’s someone in...



WebMD tells me that anxiety is a normal emotion. And that it’s a way of alerting the brain to potential danger and a standard reaction to stress. But when all that I consume every day is meant to create the feeling of potential danger, is it a wonder that I am permanently anxious?

Sociologist and Marxist writer Richard Seymour’s book The Twittering Machine suggests instead that it would be easier to ask as to what is wrong with us rather than what is wrong with these systems.

Philosopher Renata Salecl in her beautiful exploration ‘On Anxiety’ is wary of the popular account that anxiety is an obstacle to well-being and prevents us from functioning in the world or engaging with others. Instead, she says that a world without anxiety would be a scary place for it would give truth to the lie that happiness is freely available, and that we are not in an age of cruelty, misery and danger.

Perhaps we are all anxious because no matter how hard we scroll, how incessantly we post, and how intently we binge-watch, we do not have the capacity to deny the state of the world. To rephrase anthropologist Clifford Geertz, we are unable to believe the stories we are telling ourselves about ourselves. Anxiety in this case can be a powerful space to stay in and to ask about the stories we no longer tell, and perhaps even to find newer, better and kinder stories of the world.



Learning is one of the overcommunicated but underleveraged tools of the common entrepreneur.

Rule #1 — Make sure you’re building a tree of knowledge

When it comes to learning, there is a difference between material that ends up hanging from a branch and the material that makes up the base of the trunk of your tree.

It’s the periphery vs. the central.