The Heretic

The Heretic

The Heretic is a free semi-frequent dispatch delivering insights into leadership in exponential times. For entrepreneurs, corporate irritants and change makers. Raw, unfiltered and opinionated.

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September 4, 2022 1 min

Here is a fun and insightful exercise. I learned this from my friend Frederick Pferdt until recently, Google’s Chief Innovation Evangelist: When it comes to change (and all Heretics embrace change, of course), we often skip reflecting on what has changed. It is too easy to go from A to B to C without locking in the learning, which one can gain from pausing, thinking about, and sealing in the wisdom we took from getting from A to B ...

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Last week we talked about the vital difference between leaders and managers and the necessity of becoming ambidextrous — our ability to seamlessly switch between these two modalities.


Shortly after I posted the dispatch, my friend and long-time Heretic reader, Mark Moore, remarked in an email that management is a business skill. If you want to become a better manager, read books about it, take some courses and think rigorously about...

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August 20, 2022 1 min

When it comes to leadership and management (both of paramount importance to the success of your endeavor), people seem to either mix the terms and treat them essentially the same, or consider them to be positional: Leaders are the select few at the top, providing “leadership”, whereas the managers are located somewhere in the middle of your organization providing “management”. This certainly is true for big (and bigger) organizatio...

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August 12, 2022 1 min

The other day I found myself grabbing a bite to eat at the airport. Opposite me sat a family of four: He, nicely groomed, button-down shirt in a discreet plaid pattern, top button open, sleeves carefully pulled up to just below his elbows. She in a black dress, not too casual, not too formal, some tasteful earrings and golden rings, small Rolex watch. Kids straight out of a J Crew billboard ad. I have seen this family before. As a ...

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July 25, 2022 1 min

The Germans have a strange, and probably very typical German, saying: Der Fisch stinkt vom Kopf — the fish rots from the head.

I know, it’s gross. But it’s also true. Not just in a biological sense — as the brain is typically the first part of a decomposing fish to go smelly (you can thank me later for putting this image into your head), but also in the meta sense: Germans use this saying to describe the challenge that when the lead...

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A common occupational hazard for anyone I know, who is building something that matters, is to get stuck in a mental loop of “how does this thing I currently do matter in the grand scheme of things?” Playing a computer game to chill out a bit? Get back to work, slacker — the world’s problems won’t solve themselves. Procrastinating by doom-scrolling through TikTok? How could you — there is work to be done! Taking a day off to do — ga...

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July 7, 2022 1 min
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June 24, 2022 1 min
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May 25, 2022 1 min
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May 2, 2022 1 min
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April 21, 2022 2 min
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April 14, 2022 2 min
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April 6, 2022 2 min
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March 24, 2022 2 min
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March 18, 2022 3 min
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March 9, 2022 1 min
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