Hidden Narratives

  • Jeff Gibbard
  • 7 min read

Today, let’s talk about hidden narratives. In both business and life, the stories we can’t see can be more important than the ones we can. It’s the customer who is so pissed off that they never come back, and doesn’t write a review or take your calls, so you don’t know why. It’s picking one […]

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Habit

  • Jeff Gibbard
  • 12 min read

I’m currently reading Atomic Habits by James Clear. A few quick observations: His origin story is amazing. He tells it in the introduction and it really sets the stage for the book. Nearly all of us drastically underestimate the impact of tiny actions. The science of habit formation and cessation has been widely studied and […]

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Coopertition

  • Jeff Gibbard
  • 6 min read

I just finished watching the ESPN documentary called The Last Dance. If you haven’t watched it yet, I strongly recommend it, especially if you were a sports fan growing up in the 80’s and 90’s. The documentary follows the 1997/1998 Chicago Bulls team en route to their third consecutive championship (sixth overall with Michael Jordan), […]

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Well…From My Perspective

  • Jeff Gibbard
  • 1 min read

“I read, that….” That doesn’t mean it’s true. “I think, we need to…” That doesn’t mean you’re right. “Why should I have to…” Stop and consider how your perspective might change if your circumstances changed. We collectively spend way to much time in pursuit of being right and not enough time questioning our assumptions or […]

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The Cost of Words Unspoken

  • Jeff Gibbard
  • 5 min read

I was recently sent a private message from someone on LinkedIn. It was a connection request with an accompanying sales pitch. I was asked to reply with the word “yes” if I was interested. I replied with: No, and I find this approach off-putting. A few hours went by, and I got a response. You […]

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Allies, Trust, and Influence

  • Jeff Gibbard
  • 2 min read

Not everyone is going to like you. Not everyone is going to recognize your value, regardless of how much you do, or how visible or invisible that work is. As a leader you will be met with resistance from time to time. No matter how lovable you are. No matter what a great communicator you […]

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Advice for Leading Upward

  • Jeff Gibbard
  • 3 min read

When the topic of leadership comes up, most people tend to think of hierarchies. Specifically, the person who is higher in the hierarchy giving directions. However, in many organizations nowadays, the org chart may be flat. In some cases, businesses operate within a matrix structure, or possibly even multi-matrix or a honeycomb structure. In short, […]

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In advance of the completion of my book, the Lovable Leader, I wanted to share with you the basic tenants that my philosophy is based upon. Lovable Leadership is the answer to a question: what would a job look like if you truly loved where you work? As a leader, keep these ten commandments. 1. […]

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Time Off, To Think

  • Jeff Gibbard
  • 5 min read

I like to take the end of the year to reflect on the past year and think about where I want to go in the new year. One of the big things I took away from this year was a desire to rediscover. Specifically, I’ve been looking to rediscover something that has driven me from […]

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The Seed

  • Jeff Gibbard
  • 6 min read

Discovering The Seed That Started It All For Me In 2008, I became obsessed with Social Media. In the decade since, I’ve spent considerable time and thought trying to unpack why I was so interested in these new technologies in the first place. When I look back on it all, there was a desire to […]

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