LEADERSHIP

Have you ever worked for a micromanager? Or worse, are you a micromanager?

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Sean Lee on Unsplash

Micromanagers don’t trust others. Simple. “They’re typically narcissistic, two-faced, egomaniacal and controlling” buffoons (Umoh, 2018).

Micromanagers fail to empower others. They drown independence, interdependence, and autonomy due to their own insecurities. They can’t influence followers.

This piece expands on the series of questions raised in the article: “The Difference Between Toxic Micromanagers and Leaders.

Are you a micromanager?


The Micro Mantra

A former colleague described our previous manager in a few words: “Do as I say not as I do.” He was partly-right because the level of control, depravity, and vicious intent could not be conveyed in just eight words.

On that note, here are five red-flags of…

CREATIVITY

Don’t let human flaws dim the spirit of “creative destruction”

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Jeffrey F Lin on Unsplash

Most people in the corporate community, aka “white-collar workers” strive for a corner office. A tangible rectangular footprint that signifies social status for many. It massages the ego.

Why? You tell me.

Drop some people into an open plan office and suddenly desk dividers appear, or stacks of paper to replicate walls. Remove the paper stacks or dividers, then the canteen or hallways become home.

We all need our own space, but we also need each other.

People are different. …

WRITING

An invitation to share your point of view about people, the planet, and profit — the triple helix.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash

For those interested, I invite you to write a piece on a key topic — 3BL. If this grabs your attention then a selection of researched articles to reinforce your point of view is most welcome.

The piece below might get your creative juices flowing.

Are you ready to share a topical issue from your part of the world?


The Topic

Corporate sustainability is a concept that businesses adopt to create long-term stakeholder value. A process that considers opportunities, risk, and challenges that derive from environmental, economic, and social issues.

Corporate sustainability pivots around a long-term balance between people, planet, and the economy, known as the triple bottom line (TBL). …

Get outside your limited thinking.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Jerry Zhang on Unsplash

One of my earliest memories is from my first year at school. I recall turning back to see my mother standing on our doorstep, watching over me each morning as I walked to school. The truth is my mother's maternal drive irked me at times.

Why?

Because I wanted to find my own way in the world. On my terms. I wanted to stroll blindly into the unknown — stumble, fall, fail, and get up again. My courageous spirit demanded it.

This tug of war with my mothers’ innate parental motive caused conflict at times. …

LEADERSHIP

Eleven dimensions of a leader: A neuroscience-based approach

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Josh Calabrese on Unsplash

With over 300 million known biases and 50,000 thoughts a day, the human brain makes split-second decisions almost unnoticed.

Confirmation bias is just one of 300+ million biases.

In the article How to Spot Confirmation Bias With Computational Thinking self-serving biases are common in all humans. Pre-programmed to guide us towards what we believe will be right or result in a successful outcome.

Anchoring (bias) is when we lean heavily on early information. In doing so we undermine later information, which may actually hold more value.

“You need to be aware of your own cultural biases.” — (Newton, 2012)

Learning to recognize cognitive biases makes us better Leaders. …

READING

Creations from a trifecta of writers across three different countries.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Jerry Wang on Unsplash

I often rediscover boxes of books in our storeroom at home. It happens all the time. At random moments I stumble upon amazing publications that I’d completely forgotten about.

“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.”

— Jim Rohn

Reading inspires. It lifts the soul, sparking creative thought, unlocking ideas in the mind of the reader.

I’ve learned so much from writers like Sinek, Kotter, Porter, Thiel, Gladwell, Syed, and Pennie, to mention a few.

Reading excites.

Books invite us into someone else's world, undressing ideas to reveal a naked mind of pure thought. …

EDUCATION

A real-world example to define personal and work objectives

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

By no means am I a life-coach guru like George J. Ziogas. Not at all. That said, I do set objectives each year, for a reason.

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” — Benjamin Franklin

In the work environment personal objective planning has become a mainstay across industries. Personal development planning is something that we often associate with human resources, as a function of HR, which is incorrect. Why? The answer is in the three words below:

  • Personal — It’s about you, only you, so own it.
  • Development — What skills or qualifications do you wish to acquire to improve your personal brand, your knowledge bank. …

MARKETING

Some brands will soon be on the edge of a cliff, standing on a burning platform.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Nik Shuliahin on Unsplash

Branding is everything. Brands connect with consumers, think about BMW, HP, Coca-Cola, Apple, UPS, Tesla, Lady Gaga, and you — yes, you!

A brand carries meaning, it reflects values with purposeful associations. A great brand goes further, it’s symbolic, an emblem of a product, or a service it provides and represents, conveying quality, innovation, or both.

This article will explore branding in a post-pandemic world.


Are brands important?

Yes. A brands’ value lies in assets like goodwill, customer loyalty and knowledge of people. Both important economic factors. A company’s brand is its signature, in some cases, it can be an organization's most valuable asset. …

BUSINESS | E-COMMERCE

A discussion about the hidden value in eCommerce

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by freestocks on Unsplash

During an interview, Jeff Bezos outlined his strategy for dealing with order Fulfilment problems, via his personal Amazon account.

Yes, you read that correctly, Jeff buys on Amazon just like mere mortals, and occasionally FBA messes up his orders too.

Bezos was asked how he reacts to the wrong order. In response, he said that he requests a case study for each instance and for management to propose a solution to improve fulfilment services.

“A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.”

— Jeff Bezos

Why should Amazons’ CEO go to so much trouble? After all, his company sells 300+ products every second … so how can one order impact cash flow and brand reputation. …

EDUCATION

Four roadblocks that conceal the truth

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by NOAA on Unsplash

Moreland (2006) highlighted the fallibility of all research projects. Blockers like personal bias, time, and financial constraints that play a role in a piece of research undertaken for assessment.

“Engineering is the art of modeling materials we do not wholly understand, into shapes we cannot precisely analyze so as to withstand forces we cannot properly assess, in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance.”

— Dr. A. R. Dykes

This article discusses the four major limitations that hide the truth.


Research Sets Us Free

Theatrical, yes, but true. World-class researchers are highly skilled at parking their own biases and false beliefs for the benefit of humanity. …

SELF

If adopted, they can change how you think forever.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Marco Lastella on Unsplash

Personally, I love quotes. I often read and display those that inspire as a screen saver on my laptop or phone. I write them down, post in my home, and share with others at every opportunity.

I admire quotes from people who lived over the ages. Their words are inspiring, and after some reflection, I realize how profound past lessons are.

Below are a few that I’d like to share with you.


21 Quotes For Life

  1. “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” — Carl Bard
  2. “When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.” — Joe…

POETRY

Thank you.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Trust "Tru" Katsande on Unsplash

Surprising news landed today
Thanks to those who lit the way

Your creative prose
Inspired those
Artistic words
Now one knows

BUSINESS

A discussion about business model strategies for leaders, founders, entrepreneurs, and startups.

Porter’s Strategy Is Still Relevant for Competitive Advantage by Paul Myers
Porter’s Strategy Is Still Relevant for Competitive Advantage by Paul Myers
Photo by Mateus Campos Felipe on Unsplash

A strategy is a direction, the scope of an organization. It can be short, medium, or long term, but designed to achieve competitive advantage in an ever-changing environment.

Porters’ Generic Strategies are quite specific. Johnson and Scholes (2005) elaborated, detailing the variety of “levels” such as:

  • Corporate-level
  • Business-level, and
  • Operational

Business-level strategy is concerned with “how to compete successfully in particular markets, or how to provide best value services in public services. …

WORK

Five steps to build a working space at home

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Jornada Produtora on Unsplash

In 2020 employees were thrown into a mysterious world of work, at home, with zero guidance.

The transition has been a bumpy ride for many.

To tackle this dilemma, not only do we need to learn how to “work from home”, but we also have to create a “home-working” environment.

This is an article about one such venture.


Aspiring Architect

Having previously written about my aspirations to become an Architect, I’ve accepted the fact that I failed.

In my youth, my world was fixated on shapes —symmetrical, non-symmetrical, linear, non-linear, right-angles, triangles, rectangles, squares … my geometrical fixation could be classified as a personality disorder. …

POEM

Mother nature connects our souls to Earth

Image for post
Image for post
Sunset & Dogs in Dublin by Author

Nature flies
Nature flows
Nature listens
She always knows

Nature calls us
Beckons souls home
Look and listen
She is no drone

Hear her voice
Watch animals rejoice
Forever in delight
From simple sounds
Scents and sights abound

Nature knows
Where tears flow
She’s always there
Spirit never fear

Her warmth shows
Motherly glow
Accept no foes

Earthly Doe
She forever knows
She touches all heart
From soulful Earth

When she shows …

Shush!

Embrace her glow!

Writer’s Prompt — Poetry

For Joe, Sherry, P.G., Suzanne and Rasheed thus far!

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Raphael Rychetsky on Unsplash

Do you understand the title? Me neither.

Do you know what the word “Gesticulate” means? me neither, until now, thanks to Joe and Suzanne, and other wonderful writers.

As it turns out, it’s not a Texan-Yoga move that George and I thought P.G. just made up … I mean invented.

Anyway, taking Joe’s lead, I’ve chosen a poetic response. I hope you’ll welcome my interpretation of Texan-Yoga:


Gesticulate

What mate?
‘Gest’ … ‘tic’ … you… what?
‘Late’ for who?

Do-dah-doo!

From me to you:
G-greet it (Or George it)
E-earn it
S-swim it (Or Suzanne it)
T-think it (Or Timothy it)
I-initiate it (Or Illuminate it)
C-curate it
U-urge it
L-love it
A-adore it
T-try it, and
Elate

But don't ignore.

To Illuminate is to Gesticulate!

Eerr … Dr Mehmet, can we add Gesticulation to our values?


Inspiration

This article was inspired by Joe, P.G., Sherry, Suzanne, Marla, Rasheed, and those who read the articles below.

LEADERSHIP | FUTURE | EDUCATION

An insight into the most valuable human asset

Image for post
Image for post
Image by Enrique Meseguer from Pixabay

In the smart-economy, traditional assets and resources of production like land, labor, and capital, are fast “becoming secondary to knowledge” (Drucker, 1993).

In the digital world, knowledge “within an organization is frequently identified as the main source of its competitive advantage” (Philips, 2006).

This view is echoed by Nonaka (1994), who proposed that it’s now “the single most important factor”, in terms of resource, for business to survive, innovate, gain and sustain “competitive advantage”.

“Tacit knowledge is the knowledge that individuals possess”

— Nonaka, 1994

Explicit knowledge is the knowledge derived in tangible form. Cultivating explicit knowledge is the aim of business schools in the form of historical management theories and business models. …

INNOVATION

A discussion about the influence that company structure can have on innovation

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Windows on Unsplash

There are many different types of organizations, each with an organizational structure. Every structure has its own merits, and implications on leadership, and innovation.

Some are great for innovation whereas others are not.

It's possible to find a hybrid approach, by combining structures, although certain structures simply do not work together. A mismatch. The trick is to marry suitable parts.

Company structure influences innovation performance.

Different structures can achieve very different results, but it’s only part of the picture that affects innovation. Other factors include culture, diversity, and behaviors. Although structure does have a significant influence.

This article will discuss various organizational structures. …

LEADERSHIP

Dogs simplify leadership and management better than people

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Colton Kresser on Unsplash

All too often the terms ‘leader’ and ‘manager’ are used interchangeably, which is incorrect. A common mistake by humans, but rare in Dogs.

Academics argue that ‘protected’ parts of an organization can survive from effective management, but ‘exposed’ parts require effective leadership.

In contrast, Dogs argue … “Woof.”

They are distinct. Distinctly different — Leaders and Managers. People and Dogs are up for debate.

Leadership versus management is a study in its own right, but its important to be clear about the differences.

This article will discuss leadership and management, oh, and Dogs.


Leader versus Manager

What is Management?

“Managers give direction to their organizations, provide leadership, and decide how to use organizational resources to accomplish goals”— Drucker…

WRITING

A writers’ journey so far

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Andraz Lazic on Unsplash

After eight months of writing, I’m pleased to say that I’ve exceeded my initial target — the goal I set for myself last Christmas — 200 articles.

Image for post
Image for post
Top 8 stats by Author

So with that in mind, I thought I’d share the lessons that I learned with you.

Image for post
Image for post
Artice stats by Author
Image for post
Image for post

3 lessons learned by writing on Illumination

Transparent data insights that shed some light on a writers’ writing.

Image for post
Image for post

Habitual Power

Write, rinse, and repeat.

Image for post
Image for post

A Viral Piece

A few came close, but this one still excels.

Image for post
Image for post

A Century of Articles

After I wrote 100 articles I shared my experience below.

Image for post
Image for post

Ideas Bank

This is the method I use to harvest ideas for articles.

Image for post
Image for post

Final Thoughts

Who knows where this writing journey will lead, or end, if ever. All I know is that I’m enjoying the trip.

Keep writing folks!

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Marcos Paulo Prado on Unsplash

LEADERSHIP | INSPIRATION

What our grandparents sacrificed for us

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Dimitry Anikin on Unsplash

My Grandfather was born in 1899. This is a summary of his life events, the experiences that he endured, and courageously rose above.

  • 1914World War I started, he was 15 years old.
  • 1916 — The Easter rising in Ireland started, he participated and was jailed by the British Army, he was 17 years old.
  • 1918World War I ended, 22 million people died, he was 19 years old.
  • 1918 to 1920— The Spanish flu engulfed the world, 50 million people died, he was 21 years old.
  • 1922— Ireland became an independent state, he was 23 years old.
  • 1923— The Irish civil war ended, thousands died, he was 24 years old. …

LEADERSHIP

A discussion about the pros and cons of charisma in leaders

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by hp koch on Unsplash

Followers are more likely to attribute charisma to leaders who inspire them with emotional appeals than they are with leaders who deploy authority or even a participative decision process.

The ability to see opportunities that others fail to recognize is another reason for a leader to be viewed as having extraordinary charisma.

This article will explore the polar elements of charismatic leaders.


Charismatic Leadership

Timing is critical. The same strategy that may succeed today can completely fail if implemented at the wrong time, earlier or later.

Conditions

Attributions of exceptional ability within a leader are highly dependent on the characteristics of a situation.

Charismatic leaders tend to emerge in crisis situations. …

LEADERSHIP

A discussion about basic leadership concepts

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Quino Al on Unsplash

Every organization is filled with problems. Most problems derive from the same source — people — that occurs as a result of poor leadership.

All organizations have a relentless drive to increase profits and decrease costs. Most challenges are the same, process challenges, which occur as a result of poor management.

Not taking any prisoners here.

Yet, most organizations are vastly over-managed, under-resourced, and quite frankly, desperately led.

This article will discuss the fundamental concepts of leadership.


Leadership

A leader, manager, or supervisor has a far greater influence on employee satisfaction than any other factor— fact.

According to Torrington, “People leave managers not organizations.” …

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

An article about dreams and ambitions and the forces at play

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Jamie Fenn on Unsplash

Duran Duran sang the words “when you come undone” almost 30 years ago. A great song from an album that represented their rebirth.

Video source

It’s a common feeling, the feeling of being undone — stuck. Moments that block creativity, arrest our optimistic spirit.

“Mine, immaculate dream made breath and skin”

— Duran Duran

We all have dreams, ambitions that we occasionally struggle to execute every day. But how do we overcome this temporary paralysis? Where do we begin?

A good starting point is to improve our self-awareness, by listening to our inner voice, the intrinsic light that fuels our dreams. …

That’s what I did and you can, too.

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash

Having spent a ridiculous amount of time at third-level education I can safely say that I learned one thing —well two — two words.

Before I share my background, I have to admit that I was not the academic type when I first enrolled at university. Far from it. The truth is that I was smart enough not to fail in the beginning.

This article will discuss these two words and a method to apply both.


Background

Firstly, allow me to support what I intend to share with evidence of my background and experience. …

About

Paul Myers MBA

Top writer in Business, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Startups & Innovation. Interested in all things E-commerce — https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-m-ecommerce/

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch

Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore

Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store