What's a question you like asking — yourself or your colleagues?

“Are you having fun?” — We all know that happier employees are more healthy and more productive. So why do we so rarely talk about what brings us joy at work?

I’ve added variations of “Are you having fun?” to my repertoire of questions I love to ask myself and others—and it turned out to be a surprisingly powerful launchpad into truly insightful conversations with my team.

What's a skill that we should pay more attention to in the workplace?

Great writing skills. And no, this doesn’t only apply to folks in marketing or other customer-facing fields.
Whether your team is fully remote or not, I believe one of the key foundations to a productive, transparent work environment is mastering the art of asynchronous communication. And to make that work, all team members must be great at sharing their work, thoughts, and opinions in writing.

What newsletter do you subscribe to?

I get genuinely excited every time a newsletter from the Raw Signal Group hits my inbox. As leadership consultants, Jonathan and Melissa have supported lots of leaders on their quest to become better managers and they frequently turn their observations and advice into blog posts that are actually helpful and a true joy to read.

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What quote or saying has stuck with you?

"Most People Won't" by Bryce Roberts. It's such a simple yet powerful idea. Most people will talk about their ideas, but not bring them to life. Most people want to reach out, but most people won't. Most people will never overcome their blockers - so the ones that do have all the power.

  
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What should leaders understand about their own role and responsibility?

Trust is foundational. Onboard the right people, have trust in their skills to do the right things. Align them with the mission & support them on their journey. As you lead more people, operational task is not your job anymore. Learn to delegate early.

  
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What personal habit or behavior has shaped you as an entrepreneur?

In conversations with other entrepreneurs, I always try to be honest, humble, and inquisitive. Only then can I receive good experiences from others as a gift.

  
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CEO
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What quote or saying has stuck with you?

If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” How often do we NOT get the engagement we want, because we have NOT asked for it?

  
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Gould
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 at 
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