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Thanks for the comment jmang. You bring up a good point. Where most people get a little off track here is that it's not just about hiring people who are just like us. You're right, healthy dissent and diversity on a team is a good thing and it's important to look for that as we hire. Individual differences in background are important AND individual differences don't mean we can't all be showing up to build the world we all imagine together.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2016 on Passion is Not Enough at Re:Focus
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Post by David Mead On a recent flight, as I often do after I board a plane, I was looking out the window as the ground crew was hussling to get the flight ready for take off. I happened to zero in on the guy who was hurling bags onto the conveyor belt, which led to the belly of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at Re:Focus
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Post by David Mead I have a theory that's based solely on my experience. I'm rarely the smartest, most experienced, most educated person in the room. I think a lot of us find ourselves in that position. It's tempting, when placed in a situation where we feel inadequate, to try to overcompensate - to prove like we belong at the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Re:Focus
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Post by David Mead Imagine if your boss walked into your office after a meeting about a particular initiative you were heading up and said, "You've been working on this project for a couple of weeks now and from the report you gave at the meeting, it's already behind schedule. What's going wrong?" How does that feel? Let's change your... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at Re:Focus
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Post by David Mead What makes us amazing as human beings is our ability to form communities and groups. Our survival and our progress has depended on working together. And yet, as it turns out, most people seem to miss the connection between success and progress in a business environment and the way we naturally form groups and communities. Think... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Re:Focus
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Post by David Mead Recently, I was challenged on the idea of only hiring those who believe what we believe. The argument came from a place of genuine concern. The person who raised the concern was part of an environment where most of those who were hired were friends of those doing the hiring. They had gone to school together,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Re:Focus
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Post by David Mead When we interview someone for a new job, we often find ourselves on the lookout for passion. We want to hire someone who is passionate. And that's usually where we stop. Well, everyone is passionate about something. Hiring a team of passionate people is not a guarantee that you'll accomplish anything great. The point is not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Re:Focus
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Post by David Mead There's a difference between management and leadership. Management is about doing stuff - the day to day operations needed for the tactical things to get done. Leadership, on the other hand, is about people. It's less about what you're doing and more about who you're being. It's how you show up for your people. It's being... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Re:Focus
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Post by David Mead I was in Providence, Rhode Island recently on a speaking assignment. I was sitting in my hotel room when I heard some shouting and chanting outside. I went to the window and noticed a small group of people walking in a circle in front of the hotel, holding picket signs chanting something in Spanish. Not understanding... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Re:Focus
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Post by David Mead Fifty feet up the trail and already I knew things were going to be rough. My dad turned to me and said, 'Wow, I didn't think I'd be out of breath this quickly. I need to stop for a minute.' We were about one minute in to a 2.5 mile hike up the very steep, varying... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at Re:Focus
By David Mead Like many of you, I subscribe to Groupon. If you're not familiar, Groupons are online coupons for about any product or service you can imagine. A few days ago, one of them hit my inbox and it made me chuckle a little bit. Initially I just trashed it because it wasn't an offer I was interested in.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at Re:Focus
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By David Mead A few months ago, a new, fancy auto service center opened up near my house. Let’s call it Fantastic Flynn’s. This place is over the top – gas station, car wash, detail shop, lube service, frozen yogurt – you could spend an entire Saturday afternoon there. Sounds great, right? Well, the only pock mark on Fantastic Flynn’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2013 at Re:Focus
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