Category Archive: Influence

Solution Saturday: Tired of Beating a Dead Horse

Dear Dan, I am frequently frustrated with poor communication and lack of follow up in communication that I initiate with leaders and team members. I offer solutions and offer an open invitation to… Continue reading

A Young Leader Receives a Sh*t Sandwich

Incompetent leaders only have performance conversations when someone screws up. Things get worse when inept leaders finally have performance conversations. Michael Lapointe reminded me that incompetent leaders suck at performance conversations. (Michael left a… Continue reading

How to be the Inspirational Leader you Aspire to Become

Criticism and complaint seldom inspire people to take on new challenges. 4 essentials for inspirational leadership: Belief: You must believe in people in order to inspire them. Everyone who has achieved anything owes… Continue reading

5 Ways Leaders Win With Skeptics

All leader face skeptics. It’s normal, in some cases healthy. Pessimists and doubters keep leaders on their toes. 5 ways to win with skeptics: #1. Overcome the shoe drop distraction. You’re skeptical of… Continue reading

3 Surprising Ways to Lead – Even if You Haven’t Led Before

You might be a great leader if you stopped shooting yourself in the foot. 5 self-defeating leadership behaviors: Asking too many questions about the past. Allowing narrow bands of competence to blind you… Continue reading

Four Ways to Accept Imperfection and Pursue Excellence At the Same Time

Leaders who can’t accept themselves are sure to look down on others. Perfectionism is self-rejection. Disapproval is the hammer of perfectionistic leaders. Arrogance, humility, pursuit, and perfectionism: Pursuit is energized with humility and… Continue reading