Category Archive: Encouragement

The Five Freedoms of Gratitude

“Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.” Immanuel Kant Ingratitude is weak, small, ugly, arrogant, and contagious. Unthankful leaders repel healthy followers. Companions of ingratitude: Fear. Entitlement. Envy. Blame. Anger. Freedom: Gratitude is freedom.… Continue reading

An Actionable Approach to Tough Issues Even Timid Leaders can Employ

The worst agonies of leadership are self-inflicted. Poor results and toxic environments are often the result of misplaced tolerance. What happens when you avoid tough issues: #1. Unintentional affirmation of negative behaviors. Silent… Continue reading

Of All the Complaints I’ve Heard about Bosses, I’ve Never Heard this One

Top Complaints about bosses: My boss takes credit for my work. My boss doesn’t trust me. She seems to assume that I’m going to fail. My boss doesn’t care that I’m overworked. I… Continue reading

What Happens When People Feel Devalued: The Tooth Fairy Pillow Debacle

“The struggle to feel valued is one of the most insidious and least acknowledged issues in organizations.” Tony Schwartz Ellasyn, our youngest granddaughter, couldn’t believe her ears when Mimi offhandedly suggested, “Why don’t… Continue reading

Embracing the Power to Predict the Next Normal

The challenge isn’t predicting the next normal. It’s creating it. I heard the term “next normal” when a friend texted me from a Board retreat. I believe McKinsey used “next normal” first. Leaders… Continue reading

How any Manager can Increase Influence and Fuel Peak Performance

The c-suite has little day-to-day impact on the productivity of remote workers. “Remote worker’s productivity depends on one role – the manager.” Gallup Remote work isn’t going away. “Our best estimate is that… Continue reading