Category Archive: Coaching

Warren Buffet Explains his Greatest Investment

He said, “I knew you were going to ask. The answer is, ‘Yes.’” A commitment: He had committed to give one personal face-to-face affirmation everyday for two weeks. I thought it was a… Continue reading

How to Throw Someone In the Deep End of the Pool

Coddling is degrading because it tells people they’re incompetent. Pampering devalues strength. Over-protection is rejection.   Stretch yourself if you want to grow. It’s not a stretch assignment if it doesn’t keep you… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: Avoid Less – Take Initiative More

The issues you avoid morph into future-crushing gremlins. A surprising suggestion: I suggested a negative project to a coaching client who wants to take initiative when issues are stressful. I prefer projects that… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: Harassing Naughty Employees

Dear Dan, I know you are a coach and proponent for encouraging people to receive help from mentors and coaches. What would you suggest to employees who have been misled by leadership-type coaches…grossly…for… Continue reading

How to Lead Conversations that end with Vitality

You beat yourself up. So do the people around you. Don’t climb in a hole and pull dirt in on yourself. Maybe it’s time to throw dirt out of the hole! Practice: While… Continue reading

Cold Leaders Have a 1-in-2000 Chance to Make it to the Top 25%

I’m still grappling with the realization that kindness/warmth is inconvenient. I’d be kind if I had the time. Thankfully, when I work with people or organizations, they are my agenda. But what if… Continue reading