7 Secrets to High Performance

Challenges to high performance include entitlement, unfocused energy, and soul-sucking systems. Questions that expose high performers: #1 What makes you think you want to be a high performer? It helps to know why… Continue reading

How to Beat Your Inner-Critic into Submission

Inner-critics stomp around smashing hope and shattering confidence. The goal of your inner-critic is safety. The top 7 expressions of inner-critics: You should have. Inner-critics love the negative past. You screwed up. They… Continue reading

How to Navigate Conflict Between Managers and Leaders

People who work together end up working against each other when goals compete and agendas collide. The goals of leadership and the challenges of management create healthy friction. Unresolved friction eventually turns to… Continue reading

How to Know if You’re a Manager or a Leader

You’re not managing just because you run meetings or have a title. You might own the place, but that doesn’t make you a leader. Think of leadership and management as distinct ways of… Continue reading

3 Principles of Feedback that Works

I wrote, “Don’t give your boss feedback on his poor performance,” in, “Solution Saturday: My Boss is a Terrible Leader.” So, what makes feedback work? Feedback: Angry faces, loud horns, smiles and thumbs… Continue reading

Secret Sauce Sunday: Fortune 300 CEO Shares Top Secret to Success

Secret Sauce Sundays are my opportunity to invite leaders who I respect to share ideas that have changed their leadership. Today, Doug Conant shares his secret sauce. For the past 20 years of his… Continue reading