Category Archive: Encouragement

How to Face 2017 Like a Leader

You cannot lead while jousting with the past. The direction of your leadership begins with the direction of your thoughts. Remarkable leadership is forward-facing and future-focused.  Many of the conversations I have about… Continue reading

How to See the Bad and Pursue the Good

Confronting things you don’t like is part of leadership. Whining and complaining is not. It takes real leadership to see the bad and pursue the good. If you aren’t careful, you become a spiraling… Continue reading

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