Author: leadabove

Be Your Own Wizard.

Allow me to (very gently!) beat a dead horse. As my long-time readers well know, it’s my assertion that – for too many of us – work simply isn’t working. We come – fueled by enthusiasm and ideas – into the workplace, ready to deliver some [bleep]-kickin’ results… and then the inevitable smashes us (less gently!) in the face. Well-intentioned leaders allow inefficiency and politics to prevail, debate and innovation to be stifled, bottlenecks to obstruct, and burnout to take hold. But for most of us, fixing the system feels big and out of reach. We imagine the wizard...

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Biohacking Business Performance. Why Butter is Better, and Why Leaders Should Listen.

Biohacking is rocking the ether these days. And per my personal hero, Dave Asprey (of Bulletproof coffee fame… or infamy), biohacking is “[the use of] science, biology, and self-experimentation to take control of and upgrade your body, your mind, and your life… The art and science of becoming superhuman.” In other words, it’s about making tweaks to body and mind that allow us to perform at our peak. But this piece is about business results. So why are we talking biology and butter? (and yes — I do drink my coffee with butter every morning. And it’s freaking delicious!) Because biohackers...

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Opportunity Cost. Is It What’s Crushing Our Potential?

As a person who took “Econ for Psych Majors” in college (with all due respect to my econ-minded psych-majoring compatriots), even I can say the concept of “opportunity cost” was intuitive to me from the get go. As an example, my husband and I are going to see Seinfeld live in NYC tonight, in honor of our anniversary. And let me tell you – there are some explicit costs associated with this event – from tickets to transport to babysitting oh my. Could I give you a precise and measurable number? I could. But I’m not that kinda gal....

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Head in the Sand? Just Might Be Your Competitive Advantage…

We’ve all seen the image of the ostrich. We all know the metaphor. Whether the story we’re telling is one of apathy or ignorance, rarely does the ending involve the prince and the wedding. The ostrich becomes illustrative of our moments of frustration, disappointment. My purpose here is not to make the case for apathy; but rather it’s to argue that the head in the sand — at least for our species — may mean something different; something that serves us. According to Neeru Paharia, a researcher and professor at Georgetown University, consumer behavior may have an important lesson...

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The investment you can’t afford not to make

Ah spring break. It’s a beautiful thing. Last week my family took a much-needed vacation with some sunshine and waves. One of the many activities in which we indulged was a three-mile kayaking adventure. I rode in a tandem kayak with my 10-year-old daughter. She has such a zest for life, and if I wanted to represent graphically her spirit and enthusiasm, it’d look like the amazing purple man above. Now if I wanted represent graphically her upper body strength… well, it would look more like… a noodle… In other words: all spirit, no muscle. Now I’m no wizard...

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