Category Archive: Encouragement

Seagull Management: 4 Ways to Stop Dumping on People

Seagull managers fly in, make lots of noise, dump on everyone, and fly away.* You might say a seagull manager is full of crap. The seduction of problems makes you a seagull. Stay… Continue reading

3 Ways to Make Encouragement Count

“How can you tell if a person needs encouragement? If that person is breathing.” S. Truett Cathy You may not intend to, but managers discourage good people. Encouragement feels like power. Encouragement invites… Continue reading

When People Think Differently About Themselves

Over the years, I’ve asked leaders to tell me about a tipping point in their lives. They typically give me the same answer. The question goes something like, “Tell me about a time… Continue reading

Why Stephen King Felt Ashamed

Miss Hisler summoned Stephen King to the principal’s office because he had written and sold a horror story to his classmates. He earned over nine dollars in one day. Each copy went for… Continue reading

7 Simple Things That Strengthen Clarity During Complexity

When complexities fill your mind, worry weakens your knees. Complexity drives out clarity. Shadows become reality. Dread dilutes ability. Anxiety displaces confidence. Feeling overwhelmed is inevitable when complexity banishes simplicity. Any fool can… Continue reading

The 5 Best Four-Letter Words Leaders Can Practice Today

Remarkable success begins simply. Fools make simple things complicated. Complexity leads to confusion. Confusion produces anxiety. Anxiety creates insecurity. Insecurity leads to stagnation. The 5 best four-letter words for leaders #1. Kind Unkindness… Continue reading