Ahmed Mohammed

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How to Build Confidence

Very few people succeed in business without a degree of confidence. Yet everyone, from young people in their first real jobs to seasoned leaders in the upper ranks of organizations, have moments — or days, months, or even years — when they are unsure of their ability to tackle challenges. No one is …

Five Leadership Lessons From Jean-Luc Picard

<i>“He’d ensure the safety of his ship and his crew<br>And then complete the mission<br>And make himself a better person<br>Bring peace to the galaxy<br>And do it for free<br>Oh yeah, that’s what Captain Picard would do.”<br>- from “What Would Captain Picard Do?” by Hank Green</i><p>Captain Jean-Luc Picard is the model of a great …

Find the Coaching in Criticism

Feedback is crucial. That’s obvious: It improves performance, develops talent, aligns expectations, solves problems, guides promotion and pay, and boosts the bottom line.<p>But it’s equally obvious that in many organizations, feedback doesn’t work. A glance at the stats tells the story: Only 36% of …

The Big Lie of Strategic Planning

All executives know that strategy is important. But almost all also find it scary, because it forces them to confront a future they can only guess at. Worse, actually choosing a strategy entails making decisions that explicitly cut off possibilities and options. An executive may well fear that …