Category Archive: Failure

Paranoid Optimism – Courage to Shine a Light into the Darkness

Optimism doesn’t serve you well when it prevents you from acknowledging dark realities. We don’t need leaders spewing blind optimism. It’s better to name the challenge, craft a response, and take action. Successful… Continue reading

4 Ways to Stand with People When They Screw Up

Self-serving leaders throw people under the bus. Skillful leaders know that standing with people when they screw up … Strengthens relationships. Improves morale. Inspires trust. Instills courage. Deepens commitment.   How to stand… Continue reading

A Getting It Wrong Plan

I came across a pony-tailed biker-type guy with a long scruffy beard in a cigar shop. He was a retired union pipefitter that had traveled the country welding pipes in nuclear power plants.… Continue reading

How to Bridge the Gap Between Intention and Perception

Leaders fail because they don’t see themselves as others see them. Disconnection between internal intention and external perception limits leaders. Misalignment: You make space for others to thrive. Others see you as passive.… Continue reading

Dear Dan: How can I Lead Procrastinators

Dear Dan, How can I better lead procrastinators? Sincerely, Tired of Waiting Dear Tired, I can’t figure out why people procrastinate. After reflection, I confess that I do it. But it’s still stressful… Continue reading

How to Say No and Still Get Where You Want to Go

Leaders who can’t say no are spread thin and overwhelmed. Pleasers can’t say no. Ultimately everyone is unhappy. Southwest Airlines achieved success by saying no to traditional expectations like reserved seats, baggage transfer,… Continue reading