Category Archive: Curiosity

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

How Intense Curiosity About People Enhances Influence and Expands Leadership

Mitchell Warner’s observation that humble leaders are intensely curious about others makes me wonder why I’m not more humble. I’ve been called the ‘question man’ all my life.   Leadership curiosity includes: Curiosity… Continue reading

A Single Transformational Question

One of the great gifts you give team members is opportunity to reflect on their journey. “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” Peter… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: Distracted by Urgencies

Dear Dan, The post I read today resonated with me and raised a question. Your comment: “Some are blind to their strengths; others to their weaknesses.” I have been so immersed in the… Continue reading

7 Smart Things to Do When Your Team is Smarter Than You

Leaders who move up, end up leading people who are smarter than they are. Be thankful, even if it’s stressful. Leaders who need to be the smartest person in the room: Propagate dumb… Continue reading

The Three Focal Points of Leadership

Unfocused leaders live frantic shallow frustrated lives. Worse yet, they lead unfocused teams. Hopping from one shiny object to the next drains energy and dilutes impact. 4 fundamentals of focus: Focus is clarity of… Continue reading