7 leadership lessons from Jon Snow

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1. the first thing is to recognize you know very little, maybe nothing at all. But that you are willing to learn

2. sometimes your best ally is your enemy

3. to lead is not to be the commander, to lead is to engage others so that they want to follow you

4. gain hearts and brains, so that others will keep carrying your message even when you are not present

5. trust is the foundation upon which we build sustainable alliances

6. diversity matters

7. If you have leaders that are willing to take you to the wrong path, oppose them and let your troops know you are opposing.


Don’t Lorem Ipsum me / Não me venha com Lorem Ipsum

(or Letter to the one who wants to lead) (ou Carta a quem quer Liderar)

Tell me the true, in every occasion

Don’t come to me with euphemisms, with a golden layer on a hardball

Be a real leader, give me honesty and I shall return with commitment

Stay away from procrastination, from hiding facts and from miscommunicating

Don’t be afraid to tell me that you do not know the answer, let’s find it together

Don’t be afraid to expose yourself, a real leader is always transparent

Above all, unwrap and expose your weaknesses, we can’t excel if you do not show the real thing

To lorem ipsum is to be tiny centimeters away from being cynic

Instead, count on me to build great content

Don’t lorem ipsum me


Não dissimule, conte-me a verdade em todas as ocasiões

Não me venha com eufemismos, nao doure a pílula

Seja um líder verdadeiro, abuse da honestidade e eu retornarei com comprometimento

Não procrastine, não esconda nada e comunique, comunique sempre

Não tenha medo de dizer que não sabe a resposta, vamos encontrá-la juntos

Não tenha medo de se expor, um líder é sempre transparente

Acima de tudo, desembrulhe e mostre suas fraquezas, não dá para atingir a excelência sem iniciar conhecendo a si mesmo

Em suma, não me venha com loren ipsum, isto é só um tantinho menos que cinismo odioso

Conte comigo para justo construirmos o caminho, desde que voce não me venha com lorem ipsum.

When the Winds of Change hits the Wall

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The world might be closing in and we are more and more like brothers, but not every wall is broken down so easily and under festive handshaking and hugs among everybody, like the famous song celebrates. In many cases, such as the creation of a JV or in a M&A, resistance is not to be underestimated.

In every organization, when the winds of changes blows there is much more than just the magic of the moment that plays a significant role. Normally there is also a bitter taste for many of the involved, specially from the side of the ones acquired or with a minority share in the JV. The ability to identify, engage and respect these ones is the key that ultimately will define that the change agents will win or not, and if they win, whether it is going to be a pyrrhic victory or not.

When the winds of change blows straight into the face of time and in the faces of the ones reluctant to change, they tend to act as if they were the Night’s Watch guarding the Wall. They really feel it like a storm wind, like if the coldest winter of them all would be coming (and it is coming!). Peace of mind, and organizational order will only be reached if you conquer them. They can never be defeated.

The Night’s watch normally takes nothing easy. Nothing shall pass. They defend bravely their positions, they have a history, and they feel belonging to something bigger. They do not want to take any crowns or glory. But they see themselves as shields guarding something real big. You cannot just come and blow everything into the air. They will need to believe in you. You have to make them see that the change is best for them and for the children of tomorrow.

No change agent wants to reign over a devastated land, a land depressed under a permafrost of ice and snow, like Pyrrhus had to. This is no victory, this is no change. It is only destruction. A true change agent wants to hear the balalaika.