Category Archive: Courage

Courage: You Have What You Seek

The Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz sought what he had. #1. Courage is taking the next step again. The Cowardly lion was afraid, but he kept going. Congratulations! You showed up… Continue reading

7 Questions that Change the Way People Think

When making decisions the most important thing is to make them. The principles of decision-making include: Go with your highest point of clarity. (Important decisions are never perfectly clear.) Keep moving forward, especially… Continue reading

Positive Discontent: How to Intervene Before Things Fall Apart

While he was on vacation, one manager’s team lost momentum. We discussed how to intervene before things fall apart. I gave him two phrases for reflection, protecting gains and positive discontent. “Protecting gains… Continue reading

Leadership Practices from two years of Survival in the Antarctic you can use Today

I began listening to Ernest Shackleton’s story of heroic survival and was delighted to find the first chapter boring. It was the perfect sleeping pill. But the story became so exciting that it… Continue reading

How to Procrastinate Successfully and Defeat Pointless Procrastination

“In a prosperous society most misery is self-inflicted.” George Ainslie* Squirrel chasing, avoiding discomfort, perfectionism, and waiting to the last minute are symptoms self-inflicted misery. Procrastinators make on average $15,000 less than non-procrastinators.… Continue reading

How Novices Contribute to a Team’s Success

Everyone on the team has experience leading, but one member doesn’t have technical knowledge. She was hired for character, attitude, and leadership skill. But she didn’t know anything about the technical aspects of… Continue reading