Category Archive: Encouragement

How to Get Your Head Out of Your You-Know-What

Self-absorbed leaders unintentionally trivialize the people around them.  Don’t expect extraordinary performance from people you devalue and disrespect.  If you’re really that important, make others feel valued. People who feel respected are more… Continue reading

4 Ways Coaching-Managers Lower Stress and Succeed with Tough Conversations

Discomfort often tips people toward new behaviors. 4 ways to succeed with tough conversations: #1. Have them quickly. Delay makes matters worse. Say-what-you-see as soon as possible. If you’re concerned that you could be… 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

5 Ways to Become More Enabling and Less Controlling

Controlling-leaders end up with compliant teams. Most leaders have control issues. On a scale of 1 to 10, how controlling are you? Just go with your gut. Suppose you’re an 8 on the controlling-leader-scale.… Continue reading

5 Lies About Self-Confidence

The ability to drain self-confidence from others is a foolish leader’s talent. “Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Helen Keller Skillful leaders know how to inspire self-confidence in others. 5 Lies About self-confidence… Continue reading

5 Questions to Re-Energize a De-Energized Team

  High energy organization are led by skilled management teams. 5 questions to re-energized a de-energized team: #1. Where is the complexity*? Complexity is the result of taking the path of least resistance.… Continue reading