Category Archive: Encouragement

3 Tips to Build Confidence in Timid Team Members

You make work miserable when you drain confidence from your team. Confidence is fuel to face the future with optimism. Confidence turns toward opportunity; self-doubt turns away. Frivolous cheerleading doesn’t build confidence. It’s… Continue reading

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