Category Archive: Communication

How to Interrupt Others and Get to the Point

You wouldn’t be polite to someone who reached into your pocket to steal your credit cards. Don’t be polite with people who persistently steal your time by talking on and on. Common rules… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: I’m a Male Leader with an All Female Team

Hi Dan, Love your blog, it’s my regular go-to! I am the male CEO of an organization that has no other male staff. I find increasingly that staff and board members are going… Continue reading

How to Create Organizational Vitality and Be a Place Where People Love Coming to Work

People struggle and sink when environments feel like death. 7 signs your organization is sick: Low performers are protected. Anyone who isn’t growing, needs to go. Coach them up or out.  Secrets saturate… Continue reading

3 Strategies that Minimize Hierarchy and Maximize Speed and Agility

Think of organizations as human bodies, not hierarchical pyramids. Bodies are agile. Pyramids house the dead. Organizational leaders try to increase speed and agility by removing layers from pyramids. But removing layers –… Continue reading

5 Ways to Show Up Like a Leader and Build Culture Every Day

Isolation propagates arrogance in ourselves and confusion about others. The worst things leaders do is disconnect from the people around them. Get out of your office is you want to show up like… Continue reading

Playing in the Gap

During a recent presentation, I asked participants to write the top five qualities of a great supervisor on sticky notes. One quality per note. Debrief: I asked, “What do you have on the… Continue reading