Category Archive: Leading

Permission Seeking – Getting Direction – Making a Difference

You’ve been asking permission since you started talking. Can I have a cookie? Can I go outside? Can I watch TV? Now that we’re all big girls and boys, we need to give… Continue reading

The Upside of a Down Mood for a Leader’s Team

What happens in the office when a respected boss is in a bad mood? An occasional bad mood is normal, healthy, even useful. The upside of a bad mood: A bad mood… Lowers… Continue reading

3 Wise Sayings You Need to Stop Saying Today

Some ‘wise’ sayings are evil affirmations that staying the same is a good thing. They’re dangerous because they’re half true. #1. We did our best. Bull crap! You didn’t do your best. You… Continue reading

How to Show Compassion and Get Results

Done poorly, compassion prolongs weakness, propagates irresponsibility, and validates destructive behaviors. Compassion, like all great virtues, requires insight to be practiced skillfully. People first: Compassion is a ‘people first’ approach to leadership. It’s… Continue reading

A Disaster with a Discouraged Team

The room felt like a funeral when the manager’s meeting began. In the end, the meeting was a disaster. I did something I shouldn’t have done. You can’t find the light with your… Continue reading

Nearly 40% Never Give Positive Reinforcement

For many, it’s easier to talk about what sucks than what’s great. There’s a negative voice in our heads. Personally, you can’t speak well of yourself. Why? Humble leaders don’t brag. They talk about… Continue reading