Category Archive: Humility

How to Respond to a Pestering Nagging Boss

I always hated people checking up on me. I felt insulted. I thought: Leave me alone. Get off my back. Mind your own business. Don’t you trust me? Have I disappointed you in… Continue reading

How Identity is Influence

The extent and limit of influence is identity. Identity is impact. You can’t inspire confidence when you’re timid and doubtful. Become what you expect. Do you expect optimism? Become optimistic. Optimism is response… Continue reading

3 Ways to Shrink a Bighead

“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” Ann Landers 7 reasons humility is a brilliant idea: You’re not as smart as you think. Make room for ignorance. You don’t… Continue reading

7 Questions All Rookie Managers Must Answer on Day One

Rookie success includes good fortune, but it’s never an accident. Rookies crash and burn when they fly by the seat of their pants. 7 questions for rookie managers: #1. What is the definition… Continue reading

How Humility Serves You Well

I sent the following text message to a leader I’m mentoring. He’s scheduled for a job interview and I thought I’d give him something to think about. “I wonder what humility looks like… Continue reading

The Ultimate Pursuit of Leadership isn’t Success

The ultimate pursuit of leadership is humility, not success. The more I think about humility, the less I know about it. The more I pursue humility, the more it escapes my grasp. Everything… Continue reading