2021 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT READING LIST

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MY WRITING

I hope you enjoy reading some of my articles below. Themes range from personal growth to leadership lessons to business frameworks, but all are based in what I've learned over the years and what I learn with my clients each week.

Check out more of my writing on Medium @jasonrwaller, where I'm a top writer in Leadership.

 
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Deciding to Hire if You’re a Small Startup

In the last few weeks, I’ve had a steady uptick in conversations related to small startups and their hiring decisions. Some want to put the hiring on pause because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some see this as an opportunity to grab the best talent. In either case, the questions are the same: who do I need and when and where should I start looking? There’s no playbook, unfortunately. Every startup is built from a different set of people. Every startup has a different market and

Communicate Like an Executive with a Top-Down Storyline

What I’m sharing is an incredibly simple approach, but also a powerful one. It’s how I was taught to speak as a consultant because it’s one of the most reliable ways to communicate information. It’s also the way great executives talk and think. Note that I didn’t say “best way” to communicate. There are a lot of effective ways to impart knowledge to someone or debate a point. This is just a way that I’ve found to be the most effective in most situations. At McKinsey, we calle

How to Make Any Plan Actionable

So you have a vision and strategy for your company — great! What’s next? How do you turn a plan into results? When I was a consultant, this was what I focused on every day. As a coach, I help my clients think through how they can achieve their goals. This isn’t just for business strategies or company goals. This is a simple approach for any plan. Begin with the end in mind Before we decide on “how to get there,” I’ll assume that you’ve already taken stock of where you are ver

One Powerful Tool to Clarify Who You Really Are

Half of the coaching conversations I have evolve into a discussion about making a big career change. People often feel stuck, and once they have the space to really dig into what matters to them they realize that the day-to-day grind has kept them distracted from answering one truly important question: “Who am I, really?” Because I work with startups a lot, I tend to attract corporate clients who have a secret dream of starting their own company. But what follows isn’t limite