Category Archive: Courage

How to use Caution Like a Leader and Act with Discreet Boldness

Do something where failure matters. Too much caution results in inactive leadership. All leadership requires action. When I ask experienced leaders what they would do differently, they often say they would take more… Continue reading

5 Reasons to Ignore Cold Feet and Press Forward

Playing safe feels wiser than stepping out, unless the house is on fire. You get cold feet when the path ahead matters. Delay feels good when it’s time to put skin in the game.… Continue reading

How to Build the Future by Asking Four Forward-Facing Questions

Frustration with teams and organizations is the result of avoiding questions that many leaders don’t dare to ask. Successful leaders ask forward-facing questions that define a future distinct from the past. 4 backward-facing questions: What’s… Continue reading

The 10-C Approach to Pushback when the Boss is Involved and Stakes are High

Pushback makes you relevant and useful in high-stakes situations. Poor pushback: Emotional heat. Drama is distraction, even offense, to top leaders. Grudges. You look narrow and small when you can’t let go when… Continue reading

3 Questions That Enable Leaders to Call for Commitments

Back on the farm, we threw bales of hay down from the hay loft to feed the cows. Our cat waited for us to lift a bale to see if there might be a… Continue reading

How to Move From Don’t-Want to Do-Want Leadership

Most people walk around with a big don’t-want inside. When I ask people what they want, they inevitably tell me what they don’t want. Don’t-want leadership: Frustration and pain point the way for… Continue reading