Take a firm line

Racism? Sexual harassment? If the charges stack up, don’t hesitate. Fire. There are some things where the line is non-negotiable. Don’t hesitate. Don’t wiffle waffle. Fire.

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Hire people that make you feel insecure

Weak people know they’re weak, so they bring in even weaker people to make sure they’re not threatened. Never hire weak people. When filling important positions, only hire people that are cleverer than you. If she doesn’t make you feel a bit insecure, then you’re aiming too low. 

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Fire people fast

It’s tricky knowing whether someone is adding value, especially when they’re in a crucial role. The test is whether you find yourself asking the question: Is he adding value? The moment you have toask that question, you have the answer already. He isn’t. Cut him loose. 

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Tell the truth

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember what you said. The truth can be scary. I lifetime of white lies can make it difficult to just be honest.  Sometimes even when the truth is acceptable you’ll find yourself dissembling.  Stop it. Don’t be afraid.  Tell the truth.

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Expect nothing

You can’t be disappointed if you’re not expecting anything.  You can’t be taken by surprise if you’re expecting nothing. Give people the benefit of the doubt, but don’t project your definition of how the world should work. Just because a person doesn’t have the integrity of Gandhi, the wisdom of Solomon, or courage of Winston…

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Believe in yourself

You have the magic. No one else could have done what you’ve done. You are special.  You are not an imposter. You are the real deal.  You can make a success of anything. But first, believe in yourself.  If you don’t believe, you have zero chance.

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Everyone is faking it

When you’re in the trenches it’s easy to assume you’re the only person with cashflow crises, operational catastrophes, and a general sense of being on the precipice.  Don’t panic. You’re not alone. Everyone is in a crisis, every day.  Everyone is faking it.

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Listen to the Universe

You can’t fight the Universe. Instead of endlessly hitting your head against a wall, rather take a step back and pay attention to the signs.  There are signs everywhere, telling you which way to go.  Mostly we ignore these signs, either because we’re too stuck in the noise, or because the message is not something…

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Are you Napoleon?

Some people think Napoleon was a baddie. But that’s only because he lost the war. Up until then he was a legend. He rose from obscurity to become emperor of Europe. He led from the front, standing with the frontlines of his army. His civil code is still used across most of Europe, over 200…

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You are a good person

You will make enemies. You will have haters. You will be criticized. No matter how well-intentioned you are, or ethical your behaviour, self-doubt will creep in,  Surely all these haters can’t be wrong? Maybe you are a bad person. Don’t go down this road. Haters gonna hate. Keep reminding yourself: You are a good person.

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