Category Archive: Leading

Identifying Dysfunctional Relationship Patterns

“When relationships are dysfunctional, there are three basic roles people play: persecutor, rescuer, and victim,” Marlen Chism. The lists that follow are adapted from, Stop Workplace Drama. Victims: Constantly complain. Resist solutions. Lack… Continue reading

Three Ways to Escape the Rescuer Trap

Dysfunctional leaders play one of three relationship roles, persecutor, rescuer, or victim. “The victim feels helpless, the rescuer has the answer, and the persecutor tells you whose fault it is,” Marlene Chism in,… Continue reading

Overcoming the Mediocrity of Doing Your Best

“Do your best,” is an excuse for not doing your best. It’s code for, don’t worry if you don’t make it. Stop telling people to do their best; give them a goal, instead.… Continue reading

There Are Stupid Questions

Image source: Who ever said there are no stupid questions was wrong. Drucker said, “The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong questions.” Your questions establish, limit, and maintain the focus of others.… Continue reading

Creating Strategic Disadvantage

Should the potential benefits of overcoming difficulties motivate leaders to intentionally create strategic disadvantage? That’s the question Malcolm Gladwell introduced yesterday in an unplugged session during the World Business Forum. It’s been bouncing… Continue reading

16 Competencies Guaranteed to Deliver Results

One in three leaders has no outstanding strength. If you have one extraordinary strength you are in the 64th percentile of over 200,000 leaders. Competency delivers results. Extraordinary leaders display and leverage at least… Continue reading