Monthly Archive: October, 2012

Yippee! It’s Whining Wednesday!

Why haven’t you complained that we haven’t had a complaint day in months? Give yourself permission to complain. Don’t be chicken. Let it fly! An occasional gripe session cleanses the soul. Rules: Absolutely… Continue reading

10 Ways to Gain Influence

If leadership is influence then dominance and coercion aren’t leading. Police have rightful authority to control. Relying on power, authority, or position, makes you look like a cop writing speeding tickets. Danger: Dominant leaders achieve… Continue reading

Right or Wrong Isn’t the Issue

This post is inspired by a reader who writes, “I believe that leaders make decision not based on what is right or wrong but what is relevant in the context.” Most leadership decisions… Continue reading

How to Win by Leaning In

Strong winds blow you down when you lean back. Successful leaders lean into resistance, adversity, failure, and criticism. Leaning away from resistance is a sure way to be blown down by resistance. Not:… Continue reading

So You Screwed Up …

Few things change us more than mistakes. Sadly, mistakes make people feel dumb, even though they are the path to wisdom. Not making mistakes is worse than making them. Sometimes the best way to… Continue reading

How to Get What You Want

It takes conviction, candor, and, most importantly, courage to push against the boss or the board. Managers who can’t stand up and push back are inevitably pushed around and down. Yesterday, I talked… Continue reading