Lancefield on the Line

Dan Cable: how to be exceptional through empowerment

November 08, 2021 David Lancefield Season 1 Episode 7
Lancefield on the Line
Dan Cable: how to be exceptional through empowerment
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If you’re an ambitious person, you’ll be working out what it takes to be exceptional at work (and everywhere). You’ll know that working super hard helps, but won’t be enough – and might eventually burn you out. Getting candid feedback on what you need to change is critical. It goes hand in hand with compassion, funnily enough. 

You’ll want to strive for something far better than you have, in order to work out how far your strengths take you. Only that way you’ll know how to fill the gaps. Finding moments – for yourself and those around you – that activate the parts of your brain (your seeking systems) helps. And you’ll want a hand in shaping your career, team, organisation; after all, it’s pretty debilitating to be told what to do, or to copy somebody else’s work.

In this conversation Prof. Dan Cable shares his research on how to inspire exceptional performance at work.

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His latest book is called 'Exceptional':

He hosts a podcast called 'Squeezing the Orange from Social Science' with Akin Omobitan

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Highlights of my work

Every Leader Has Flaws. Don’t Let Yours Derail Your Strategy (HBR):

5 strategies to infuse diversity & inclusion into your organisation (HBR):

4 actions transformational leaders can take (HBR):

Four building blocks of transformation (S+B):

How to be a visionary leader and still have a personal life (HBR):

How to practise strategy in an uncertain world (Strategy+Business):

10 principles of strategic leadership (S+B):

How to reinvent your organisation in the middle of a crisis (HBR):

How to convince people that a crisis is also an opportunity (Forbes): 

How to get ‘good changes’ to stick
An experiment to avoid burnout
Using Facetime as a proxy for somebody I can trust in a hybrid world
The power of sharp feedback and compassion
The danger of being overly focused on outcomes
The paradox of empowerment and accountability
How to scale culture evolution
Finding ways to help people learn without feeling penalised
The frustrations of a leader who wants a playbook
The 66-day rule for habits
Changes to his habits in the last few years.
The impact he’s looking to have on others