Category Archive: Failure

Garbage Stinks – How to Benefit from Praise, Criticism, and Failure

Don’t drag garbage from the last thing you did into the next thing you do. Learn and throw it out. Respond to the present with the future in mind. Past failure teaches you… Continue reading

Bogus Self-Esteem and the Dangers of Shallow Praise

Whatever you do, don’t criticize or correct. You might damage someone’s self-esteem. (Sarcasm intended.) Bolstering, maintaining, and protecting self-esteem is the sacred cow of modern society. It’s a grievous evil to do anything… Continue reading

How to Hold People Accountable with Compassion

Pushovers prolong helplessness, failure, and mediocrity. But accountability with compassion fuels boldness, growth, and productivity. You demonstrate respect for people when you hold them accountable. Accountability says behaviors matter. Who wants to live… Continue reading

I’m Successful Because I’ve Been Wrong

A leader explained, “One reason I’ve been successful this year is I’ve been wrong a lot.” One of the best ways to expand your leadership is by be wrong publicly. When was the… Continue reading

3 Ways to Overcome “That Won’t Work”

Naysayers are often right – especially when they’re roadblocks. “What works,” emerges AFTER you try. We have a delusional ability to believe we’re right when, in truth, we have nothing to support our… Continue reading

Dear Dan: Everyone Wants to Leave!

Dear Dan, I just inherited a team where they were publicly scrutinized and now everyone wants to leave. How do I get people to stay when the previous leadership “threw them under the… Continue reading