I’m often asked for my best piece of business advice – that’s pretty simple, hire a cleaner, but what about the worst piece? To be successful, it’s important to understand what are your strengths and what are your weaknesses, but it’s what you do what that knowledge that makes the difference between a happy career and a miserable one.
A few years ago, I overheard what I consider to be the worst business advice ever. What was more frightening was that it was given by a very successful and well known female business leader. I was working on a project alongside an incredibly talented young man, Oli Barrett. He was young, talented and enthusiastic; full of great ideas and energy. He wasn’t however, the one to own the minutia on the spreadsheets (for the record, nor am I).
Now, whether she genuinely thought her advice was going to help him or she used it as a tool to try to control him, I’m not sure, but whichever it was, it was potentially damaging nonetheless.