The 4D Model: Scaling Your Company

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Of the many challenges that our clients encounter, a persistent one is the frustration that founders and leaders experience when they attempt to move from “doing the thing” themselves, to enabling others to execute. In some cases our clients are perplexed by how difficult this is. In others, they don’t even realize how much their […]

What Great Managers Do

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We have the benefit of talking to hundreds of executives every month about their fears and challenges, and unsurprisingly, themes emerge. We’re hearing that people expect their leaders to be coaches, not “just” managers. What does that mean, and how do you do it? Talentism defines management as a responsibility that achieves goals through the […]

Blind Spots Are What Kill You

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In the flurry of intentions and goal setting for 2023, we’re talking about blind spots. Because no matter how disciplined you may be, your blind spots sit alongside you, undermining those goals. And you have no idea.  Scientifically, the concept of the blind spot originates with our eyes, where the optic nerve intersects with the […]

Culinary Compulsions and Finding Meaning

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My partner Matt has loved cooking since he was a child. But in college, he studied advertising and marketing, then got a job at the local radio station followed by a big think tank in Washington DC. For more than five years he stayed in a relatively low-level position, doing the basic job requirements but […]

Why Is Everyone Stupid or Lazy?

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Talentism ran an analysis a few years ago of 90 failed strategic initiatives and missed plans at growth companies. More than 80% of CEOs at those companies blamed bad hiring: employees with a lack of capabilities or character, or both. In a pre-pandemic study, it appeared that laziness was endemic in the workforce. 75% of […]

Learning Doesn’t Feel Good

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The human species didn’t plan to use fire. Fire happened. It was probably scary. And then someone or some group decided to see what they could do with it. The wheel didn’t happen because a genius set out to make one. Someone made a mistake and got confused. Instead of dropping the whole business and […]

Your Brain on Threat

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You’re feeling strategic, thoughtful, creative…until it hits: that one thing that plunges you directly into reactivity. Or maybe you’re already in freefall, and that one thing was the last straw. You find yourself shutting down, getting angry, feeling despondent – whatever your flavor of threat response happens to be. All of us have threat triggers that hijack […]

Dancing with Chaos

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I was the type of adolescent who said things like, “human beings are a parasite upon the earth.” Not because I was going through a significant goth phase, as I likely said this while wearing bright baggy trousers and a Jurassic Park t-shirt, but because I had been highly influenced by my mother’s environmentalism. My […]

What Are You Afraid Of?

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I sat in the bleachers in the corner of the gym. My then three-year-old held her place on the mat doing jumping jacks, eyes glued to the instructor. They switched to a choreography of punches and kicks punctuated with diaphragmatic “HA” sounds. I had enrolled my firstborn, who had a tendency toward timidness, in karate […]

What Clarity Coaching Can Do For You

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Transcript below, for those of you who prefer reading over listening! Jeff  Welcome, everybody. It’s my great pleasure to be here today speaking with Joshua Walsky. Joshua is Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Broadway Technology. We got to know each other when a mutual friend introduced us, and said, Hey, maybe Broadway and Joshua could […]