Category Archive: Failure

5 Lies About Self-Confidence

The ability to drain self-confidence from others is a foolish leader’s talent. “Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Helen Keller Skillful leaders know how to inspire self-confidence in others. 5 Lies About self-confidence… Continue reading

5 Ways Sincere Leaders Promote Irresponsibility

5 ways sincere leaders promote IRResponsibility: Help too soon. You tell people they aren’t responsible when you rush in to save the day. (You also suggest they aren’t capable.) Protect people from consequences.… Continue reading

4 Ways to Make the Past a Platform – Not an Anchor

Memory predicts the future. You are becoming, to some degree, the person you remember. Character and potential are formed, in large part, through rehearsed memories.  Successful leaders make the past a platform, not an… Continue reading

Don’t Pressure Timid People to be Brave

Fear might feel safe, but leadership requires boldness. Fear congeals the past. Boldness builds the future. Fear is survival-mode. Boldness is opportunity-mode. Boldness follows hope. 4 ways to build bold teams: Provide training. Celebrate mistakes.… Continue reading

The Secret to Solving Problems

It’s easy to make others responsible for problems in your organization. Someone else fell short. It couldn’t be you! When leaders blame, everyone blames. Blame is the reason problems persist. If you’re a leader, look… Continue reading

5 Painful Leadership Blunders Successful Leaders Avoid

The sting of doing your best and falling short is a giant kick in the gut. 5 painful leadership blunders: Believe others perceive you the way you perceive yourself. Blind spots prolong frustration. Powerful influence… Continue reading