Category Archive: Courage

How to Help Those Who Feel Burned by a Controlling Leader

Controlling to one is liberating to another. All leaders disappoint. Some are too controlling. Others are too hands-off. Your response to disappointing leadership impacts the trajectory of your career. Controlling leaders: Disrespect and… Continue reading

You Might Be a Psycho-Employee If …

After reading 7 Ways to Deal with a Psycho Boss, a friend suggested I write about psycho-employees. You might be a psycho-employee if you use your wife’s urine to pass a drug test… Continue reading

Dear Dan: Can You Say More About the Ungrateful List

Dear Dan, Can you say more about the “I’m ungrateful list” – what might be on it and how to use it? I want to know more! Irene (I used the term “Ungrateful… Continue reading

Jim Collins: Stung by a Life-Changing Comment

It was 1988. Jim Collins was a first year faculty at Stanford. Jim writes, “… I sought out Professor John Gardner for guidance on how I might become a better teacher. Gardner, former… Continue reading

Dear Dan: An Employee Yelled at Me

Dear Dan, I read your blog everyday and need some advice! I believe I am leading a narcissist. She lost it today and called me a name when I provided feedback on a… Continue reading

The Unexpected Way to Spot a Confident Leader

Humble listening is an aspiration achieved occasionally. But it’s exhausting. The ability to listen requires remarkable confidence. It takes confidence to: Adopt the posture of learner. Turn conversations toward others. Reject tendencies to… Continue reading