Nobody Gets a Great Idea When They’re Being Chased by a Lion

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I subscribe to the old adage that there’s nothing new under the sun.

But once in awhile even I get gobsmacked (as the British like to say) by a new insight that’s so thoughtful and incisive that it makes up for all the crap that normally passes for management wisdom these days.

The insight that grabbed me comes from Mark Nathan, CEO of Zipari, a health insurance software company. In a recent New York Times Corner Office column, Nathan responds to the question “tell me about your leadership style” like this:

“I don’t really believe in firing people. Although it’s necessary at times, nine times out

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