Leadership Archives - Amie Devero

Neutrality Can Sniff Out Bad Strategy

September 13, 2022
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I was listening to a radio interview with David Cohen, an experienced Special Master. You are probably familiar with the title as it has been in the news lately. But, in case not, a Special Master is essentially a judge’s proxy, charged with ensuring the court’s […]

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Deciding Strategy Despite Uncertainty

June 21, 2022
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Many of today’s leading founders and CEOs have never weathered an economic downturn. It’s been almost 10 years since the recovery from the great recession, and business has been booming.

Burt if you listen to the news, it’s hard not to be convinced that recession […]

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If Culture Eats Strategy, What Eats Culture?

June 7, 2022
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Everyone knows the line: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”  It’s usually attributed to Peter Drucker, although for the life of me I can’t find any evidence he said it.  But Drucker aside, the meaning is what matters. Without the right culture, even magnificent strategies fail.

But […]

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The Autonomy Ladder

May 2, 2022
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While there may be oddball, hyper-controlling bosses out there, most of us don’t want to lead an organization full of people who can’t make decision, solve problems, or initiate action. That’s especially true in high-growth start-ups. If employees need non-stop handholding […]

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The Scale-Up Squeeze-Out

April 12, 2022
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There often comes a time in every high-growth start-up when new executive leadership is hired –and sometimes, they replace or displace the stalwart early team members. I’ve heard this phase called “Scale-Up” as distinct from “start-up”.
When a start-up begins, it is […]

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Are You Playing the Wrong Game?

January 31, 2022
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One of the hardest things to gauge in a new organization is what is expected. At the grandest level, we call this culture. But the broadness of the term “culture” can obscure the insidious ways it messes with us.

Here’s a different cut […]

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Your Great (But Struggling) Employee

September 28, 2021
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What do you do when a great employee can’t seem to handle parts of his job, but flourishes in most of it? Especially if he is am awesome team member.

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Why Does Getting Feedback Suck?

September 14, 2021
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You may enjoy this short, summary video.
Literature is devoted to how managers should deliver feedback: Creating a context, “feedback sandwiches” (good news, bad news, good news –in that order) and more. But almost nobody considers the other person…the one receiving feedback.

Yet, for every one of […]

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