Author: Zarko Palankov

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Do You Want to Be a “Boss”?

In my first job back in 2008 I was building a nonprofit organization. We were hiring our first full-time employee, a program coordinator to support operations. I was going to be that person’s supervisor. A couple of weeks after starting, our new hire was on the phone with a customer. At some point in that

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It’s Okay to Be Afraid
Point of View

It’s Okay to Be Afraid

I am afraid of heights – you won’t see me going anywhere near the edge of a cliff. I am afraid of cars – you won’t see me biking ultra fast during rush hour, listening to music. I am afraid of getting hurt – you won’t see me dive into challenges while playing soccer. These

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You Too Can Learn and Get Better at Stuff
Innovative Approaches to Social Change

You Too Can Learn and Get Better at Stuff

This blog post is the first in a series on growth mindset. You can read the second one here. I had a “C” in organic chemistry in high school. I was proud. I didn’t like the teacher so I decided I wouldn’t study or put any effort. I didn’t like chemistry so I thought there was

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How to Become an Effective Manager (Part I)

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” This is one of many famous quotes you will stumble upon if you read about management. Yet this blog post is not about leadership vs. management or about theory and definitions. It’s about the practical reality that 80% of people who become managers do

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