Category Archive: Encouragement

5 Answers for Leadership Loneliness

Power and position complicate relationship-building. If you’re a leader, you’re never just a buddy. Relationships are the foundation of leadership, but anyone who controls assignments, compensation, and advancement is never just a friend.… Continue reading

16 Ways CEOs Shoot Themselves in the Foot

Lack of effort isn’t the problem for good leaders. Smart people do dumb things and sincere leaders make stupid mistakes. 16 ways CEOs shoot themselves in the foot: #1. Going it alone. It’s… Continue reading

The 7 Laws of Planning During Turbulence

A five-year plan is a fairy tale in turbulent environments. The best you can do in uncertainty and turbulence is set direction and improvise. Planning is making decisions ahead of time. Last year’s… Continue reading

Permission to Be Engaged

I had a conversation with an introverted manager who was offered a challenging leadership role. It made his knees buckle, but he took it. During our call, he complained about his inability to… Continue reading

Two Key Factors for Happiness at Work

If you don’t like the people around you, you hate showing up at work. Jamie Naughton, Chief of Staff for Zappos, told me she used to think, “Happiness at work was more in… Continue reading

How to Help Those Who Feel Burned by a Controlling Leader

Controlling to one is liberating to another. All leaders disappoint. Some are too controlling. Others are too hands-off. Your response to disappointing leadership impacts the trajectory of your career. Controlling leaders: Disrespect and… Continue reading