In the beginning of 2020, I pledged to read at least new 50 books by the end of the year. I fell short to that pledge, and was only able to read 45 books. (Reread around seven other books) Despite missing my goal, I’m extremely grateful to have had the…


As leaders in an organization, we may have had the opportunity to provide and recommend coaching for individuals in our team.

The question is, who needs coaching?

The common answer to this question is that coaching is needed by individuals who are not performing well. For the most part, coaching…


Immature leaders focus more on hiring talent who will produce results, regardless of character. Almost every leader has done this mistake in their careers. Hiring brilliant jerks would definitely result in immediate wins or sprints, but sustainability of any organization is a marathon. …


COVID-19 has forced businesses and organizations to embrace a level of change that we could never have imagined a year ago. In our organization, we moved from about 5% of our team members who are teleworking, to around 85%. …


Unplug. Disconnect. Nowadays, technology is considered the evil distractor-making anybody it touches into unproductive zombies.

But is it technology’s fault? Technology has been instrumental to achieve what seemed impossible in the past. It has saved lives and it has been a major source of livelihood for many.

Should we blame…


Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about why teamwork can be the greatest drain in organizational productivity. Yes — “What’s gonna work is not always teamwork!”

Team involvement is not always necessary. Instead of achieving team work, you’ll end up achieving a “team trap” when you start to…


Meetings are necessary in any organization, whether you like it or not. We use meetings to collaborate, inform, make decisions, and to celebrate. Admit it-many of us are not fans of meetings. If we can ban these time-wasters, we would!

Meetings are not evil-bad, unnecessary meetings are. In order to…


Keeping things short and simple is not as easy at sounds. To be an effective communicator, one needs to understand how important it is to be clear and direct with the messaging. Only then can you get immediate and clear understanding (and ultimately, action) from your audience.

Keeping things short and concise is not easy. It requires deep thought and deep understanding of what you’re trying to achieve.

“I apologize for writing such a long letter-I didn’t have time to write a short one.” — Mark Twain

Crowdsourcing FTW

Can you share tips on how you kept things short and simple-in a speech or in a letter? What benefits did you find in keeping things short?

Originally published at https://donvarela.com on June 29, 2020.


Firing an employee is not an easy task. It’s one of the most dreaded tasks any manager has to take in their career as a leader. Many leaders try to justify NOT firing someone using these five common excuses. …


People are not the greatest assets in your organization. The ‘right people’ are. Not everyone is fit to do well in any position in your organization.

Jim Collins, author of “Good to Great,” has found that great companies first get the ‘right’ people on the bus, then the wrong people…

Don Varela

20-Year Financial Services Veteran. Leader and Contributor in IT, Marketing/Advertising, PR, Lending, and Customer Service. Coach. Author. Speaker.

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