We all love to slay dragons. It’s hard, exciting and we love to tell everyone about it for years afterwards. …Give your team dragons to slay.
Humility is one of those funny things. Too little and you’re no longer grounded in reality, too much and no-one knows to pick or water you. After all - who knows your achievements better than you?
The human brain is well honed through eons of evolution. That means it’s ok to trust your first instinct. Sure sometimes you’ll be wrong, but that’s an inevitability anyway. Surround yourself with clever people that counter your blind spots and keep moving.
We all like to pretend that logic drives our project decisions. ..But every project portfolio I’ve ever seen has some form of ‘captains call’ for those projects that don’t stack up but are happening anyway.
The hardest person to give advice to is yourself (because you’re the only one that knows what skeletons you hide in your closet.) So pretend you’re giving advice to someone else instead.