Category Archive: Encouragement

Portrait of a Squeaky Wheel

Squeaky wheels suck the life out of leaders, teams, and organizations while they claim the high ground for themselves. Squeaky wheels have aspiration for others and exemption for themselves. Portrait of a squeaky… Continue reading

The Nickname Project

Nurse Alice Tittle said Claudia Alta Taylor was, “… as pretty as a lady bird.” At two years old, Claudia became, “Lady Bird.” (NYT) Claudia became the First Lady of the United States… Continue reading

How to Send Signals that Enable Connection

Imagine you just met Wilma at a party. You’re shaking hands when she says, “I’m Wilma. I’m the CEO of Widgets Across America.” Choose to build trust rather than create distance.   Connect… Continue reading

The 10 Vulnerabilities of Discouragement

Turning an ember into a flame takes skills. But any fool can throw water on enthusiasm. Show up to fuel energy and build morale. Everyone gets discouraged. That’s why successful leaders make it… Continue reading

If You Don’t Know How to Make Work Fun

I’ll never forget the day my wife said our family was more peaceful without me. The kids were still home and I was always upset about something. Tragically, life was better without me.… Continue reading

15 WAYS TO GRAPPLE WITH DISCOURAGEMENT AND EVENTUALLY WIN

The only reason encouragement matters is discouragement is real. On June 2, 2011, I woke up discouraged and couldn’t think of anything to write. Then it hit me. Write about overcoming discouragement. I… Continue reading