Category Archive: Encouragement

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

The Effort Illusion: Hard Work is the Answer

Repetition isn’t the answer when you aren’t getting where you want to go. But sometimes progress is the opportunity to sing again. Hard work isn’t the answer: #1. Hard work isn’t the answer… Continue reading

With Regards to the Women and Men who Fight On

Ease is evil. Fight on: Trying hard and falling short feels like a punch to the gut. But what’s the alternative. Half-hearted effort? Playing it safe? Ease? Half-hearted effort insults your team and… Continue reading

Dear Dan: Can You Say More About the Ungrateful List

Dear Dan, Can you say more about the “I’m ungrateful list” – what might be on it and how to use it? I want to know more! Irene (I used the term “Ungrateful… Continue reading