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Bogus Self-Esteem and the Dangers of Shallow Praise

Whatever you do, don’t criticize or correct. You might damage someone’s self-esteem. (Sarcasm intended.) Bolstering, maintaining, and protecting self-esteem is the sacred cow of modern society. It’s a grievous evil to do anything… Continue reading

The Reason Leaders Pursue Excellence Will Change Your Life

It’s not about doing your best. It’s about doing your best for someone else. Since reading, “High Performance Habits, by Brendon Burchard, I’ve been paying attention to the reasons leaders do what they… Continue reading

An Incredible Meeting Agenda Any Leader Can Use

Lousy meetings are the rule – vibrant meetings the exception. In an ideal world, meeting-agendas arrive the day before the meeting. But you don’t live in an ideal world. Spontaneous agendas result in… Continue reading

How to Avoid Distraction and Focus on Real Issues

Mary* approached, after a recent presentation and said, “I wanted to hear more about dealing with your inner critic.” She could have said: You should talk more about managing your inner critic. Why… Continue reading

A Must Read List for Growing Leaders

A client requested a list of resources I referenced in the presentation I gave last Tuesday. Here it is… The Leadership Challenge, James Kouzes and Barry Posner “The five functions of leadership.” Dare… Continue reading

How to Look Smart When Seeking Advice

Don’t worry. You won’t look stupid if you seek advice. There’s wisdom in not-knowing. Ancient wisdom: Research agrees with ancient wisdom. Advice-seeking is smart. And it makes you look smart when done skillfully.… Continue reading