Category Archive: Failure

Secret Sauce: A Chief Operating Officer Didn’t Get Promoted

If promotion or advancement didn’t work out for you, the practical lessons in this post are for you. Welcome to “Secret Sauce Sunday.” I invite leaders who I admire to share real world… Continue reading

4 Principles of Responsible Boldness

Timid action insults your future. But in some organizations, boldness is perilous. 5 signs it’s perilous to be bold: Upper management believes the status quo is daring. Everyone colors within the lines. Responsible… Continue reading

4 Ways to Get the Most from Sadness

Any leader who is upbeat all the time, in my opinion, is out of touch or faking it. Real leaders have real feelings. You might see the good in failure. But you don’t… Continue reading

5 Ways to Teach People How to Fail Responsibly

Your response to failure promotes learning or fortifies stupidity. Punish responsible failure, if you want everyone to play it safe. Why fail: Teach people how to fail responsibly so they can reach their… Continue reading

The Complete List of Steps to Take After You Fall Short

Poor performance is a pivotal moment for your leadership. The worst thing you can do is plug your nose when your performance stinks. #1. Focus on leadership character. “Character is destiny.” Heraclitus Demonstrate… Continue reading

7 Profound Benefits of Navigating Storms

There will come a time when things get worse, even when you try to make them better. Optimism is an attitude toward storms, not exemption from them. Don’t be startled when skies grow… Continue reading