Category Archive: Encouragement

The Hot Iron Effect: How to Learn From Negative Experience

Melted synthetics cling to the bottom of some hotel irons. When the iron gets hot, the residue stains your clothes. I learned this the hard way. My experience with irons also taught me… Continue reading

How to Face Big Challenges and Successfully Climb Steep Hills

The Little Blue Engine begins, The little blue engine looked up at the hill. His light was weak, his whistle was shrill. He was tired and small, and the hill was tall, And… Continue reading

7 Ways to Have Fun on Zoom During a Pandemic

There’s nothing funny about people dying from coronavirus. At the same time, we see people making the best of challenging situations. One group of medical staff waited around the elevator door so they… Continue reading

Eliminate “Out of an Abundance of Caution”

Gag me with a spoon. I’m sick of hearing, “Out of an abundance of caution….” Bad: An abundance of caution is bad. People buy all the toilet paper out of an abundance of… Continue reading

How No-Nonsense Leaders Succeed with Conversations

Agenda-driven conversations feel safe. It’s those spontaneous conversations that kick some leaders in the pants. It might feel easier to avoid interactions, but your team is better served when you engage. Personal conversations… Continue reading

How to Turn Negative Nancy into Positive Pam

Dear Dan, How do you distinguish between a true Negative Nancy and one who just has an eye for identifying areas that need improvement? There are folks who have the ability to immediately… Continue reading