Category Archive: Failure

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

Three Surprising Benefits of Making a Commitment

A leader who’s reluctant to commitment respects the value of commitments. But remarkable success demands commitment. Reluctance to commit is natural. Refusal to commit is deadly. Leaders who excel make courageous commitments.  Half-hearted… Continue reading

4 Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

Growing up, I didn’t fail much. School was easy. I was good at sports. I hit a home-run my first at bat in Little League. I was taller than my peers. I felt… Continue reading

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