Category Archive: Criticism

3 Steps When Good Intentions Blow Up

Every leader knows what it’s like to saddle up and ride into a hurricane of personal attack. Storms are tipping points for success or failure. The issue isn’t the storm, it’s how you… Continue reading

How Haters and Supporters Produce the Same Results

Compassionate supporters and negative haters often employ similar behaviors that produce the same results. Haters and supporters: Haters gossip and backstab in the shadows. But when it’s time to work on improving someone’s… Continue reading

How to Deal with Monkey Throwers and Other Irritants

The people who take you further may irritate you the most. Conformists provide steady progress. Contrarians, complainers, and irritants innovate.  Complaints: People who want change tend to complain. But some complaints come from… Continue reading

How to Stop Obsessing Over Negatives and Become a Positive Leader

Like a drop of poison in a glass of water, one problem has the power to pollute everything. It’s natural to obsess over one bad thing and forget many good things. Successful leaders… Continue reading

Donald Trump – The Declaration and Real Leadership

Anger motivates change. Donald Trump isn’t the first President who formed a coalition driven by discontent and frustration. The U.S. was born in discontent. Destruction: The U.S. Declaration of Independence expresses aspirational anger.… Continue reading

Don’t Say, “It’s Not That Bad,” to Someone Who Thinks it’s Bad

Don’t say, “It’s not that bad,” to someone who thinks it’s bad.   You’re right: When team members say, “Things are bad,” say, “You know, you’re right.” And then ask, What’s bad about… Continue reading