Category Archive: Leading

How to Rise Above Pessimism and Lead Optimistically

If you’re a pessimist, the only thing worse than dying young is living a long miserable life. Pessimistic leaders focus on faults and weaknesses. Success with people requires optimism. You choose: Think of… Continue reading

How to Respond to Good News Like a Leader

Don’t expect high performance when you sabotage enthusiasm. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Jewish Proverb Words have consequences. You don’t have to be a genius to identify words… Continue reading

4 Ways to Build Capacity in Yourself and Others

In 2015, I started sending an email every Friday to our employees. I focused on the concept of inspiration and self-improvement. I thought my Friday emails would be skimmed, or even ignored. To… 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

The Surprising Discovery of my Waving Experiment

I’m doing a waving experiment while I walk and have made a surprising discovery. We live in the country. Sometimes I don’t see any cars. But during “rush hour,” I wave several times.… 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