Robert Blaga

Who writes this stuff?   

Leadership. Teams. Innovation.

People I Learn From

People often ask me “where do you find this stuff?”. The “stuff” are the things I learn or analyze together with my friends and colleagues. Bits and pieces of information, ideas or statistics I use to challenge those who want to be challenged (and some that do not).

There are so many sources, but I do have a small selective “club” who really inspire me.

So here it is, my secret list of sources:

1. Tom Peters (for wild, nuts and crazy stuff related to leadership, innovation and business)

2. Jim Kouzes & Bary Posner (for leadership)

3. Ken Blanchard (for leadership and teams)

4. Seth Godin (whenever I need a purple cow)

5. Nancy Duarte (for inspiration regarding storytelling and presentations)

6. Dan Roam (for transmitting information in a joyful manner)

7. Marshall Goldsmith (for dealing with humans)

8. TED (I know it’s not a real person, but sometimes it feels just like one)

Want more? Google this guys first. It’s worth it!

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Benjamin Zader gives one of the most inspiring talks about leading.

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The Change

We changed a lot in the past 100 years. The way we think about work has suffered dramatically. Therefore, the way we must lead people changed in accordance. Here is a [very] short history of the process:

1. Don’t think, stay in the box (before 1930’s - see the Hawthorne Experiment)

2. Think, but inside the box (1930’s - 1970’s)

3. Think outside the box (1970’s - 2000; it’s the era of the tech companies, like Apple and Microsoft)

4. Think bigger than the box (2000 - today; it’s the era of social media companies, like Facebook and Twitter)

5. There is no box (it starts soon; it’s the era of outrageous ideas, products and companies).

Each period required something else from a leader. My guess is, no. 5 will completely mutate the game. How will it look?

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 At TED, Derek Sivers tell us how to start a movement with the help of a famous video from youtube: Crazy dancing guy.

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“Don’t hire a dog, then bark yourself” -David Ogilvy

“Don’t hire a dog, then bark yourself” -David Ogilvy

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“Two elements of successful leadership: a willingness to be wrong and an eagerness to admit it.” -Seth Godin

Two elements of successful leadership: a willingness to be wrong and an eagerness to admit it.” -Seth Godin

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"Stay hungry! Stay foolish!" (Steve Jobs)

"Stay hungry! Stay foolish!" (Steve Jobs)

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Best books on leadership

I recently answered a question on quora about the best books on leadership.

I have 2 personal favorites:

1. The Leadership Challenge - Barry Posner & Jim Kouzes
It’s a soft approach, the best one I’ve read. It’s based on a recurring study about top leadership practices. They focus on the top 5. Lots of real life stories.

2. Leading at a higher level - Ken Blanchard
It’s a “harder” approach, with lots of tools and concepts. I think you will find it covers almost everything regarding leadership.

This two are the perfect combination in my perspective.

— 2 years ago

5 Ways to Become a More Authentic Leader →

LaRae Quy, a former FBI and undercover agent, talks about leadership on Michael Hyatt’s blog.

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"Leadership begins with knowing who you are and what you believe."
Michael Hyatt
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