The dangers of formal power

Formal Power

The psychology of the less-than-empathetic target-chaser. Continue Reading


E-Mail is just a representation of the power structure of your organization

EMail is just a form of hierarchy

If you like this post, feel free to share it with your friends. Share buttons are at the bottom of the post.  Before we get into this, let’s just be clear up front: e-mail is probably one of the worst… Continue Reading

Brief Thought Exercise: Intelligence vs. Authority

Just thought of this one: it’s going to be a short post that Google will probably penalize me for or something, so that sucks, but I think it has validity in how we think about work. Here’s how the game… Continue Reading


Standard hierarchy is the lowest form of respect

Hierarchy In Organizations

You ever get into discussions with people at work and they invariably say something like, “Well, if I ran stuff…” We’ve all done this. I have, probably more times than I can count. For a frame of reference there, I’m 34 and… Continue Reading


5 ways to drive strategy without having formal power

Leading Without Formal Power

Start here: People often confuse “formal power” and “completely understanding what’s best in every situation.” 82 percent of managers aren’t great at their jobs. Take those two things together, right? Here’s where you suss out: everyone loves to let senior… Continue Reading


Stop confusing “formal power” with “knowing what’s best.”

Formal Power Isn't The Same As Knowledge

Here’s a personal story to open. I worked for ESPN, ESPN.com, and ESPN The Magazine from 2005 to 2011 (bit more on that here). I was ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine from 2007 to 2011. Most of that time, my boss was this woman.… Continue Reading


To overcome doubt, surrender formal power. Honestly.

Overcoming Doubt By Surrendering Power

The whole idea of “overcoming self-doubt” is a huge racket that people need to spend time on, myself included. It’s really hard to accomplish things at work (or in your personal life) if you have a lot of self-doubt; you… Continue Reading


People always confuse these “Get power at work” discussions

Getting Power At Work

Among the concepts in the world that most make me want to put a rifle to my dick and pull the trigger are “People tweeting headlines that promise some kind of amazing return in business or life” (such as “Six… Continue Reading