Category Archive: Listening

A 5-Step Plan for Seeking Input For Leaders Who Tend to Exclude People

You’re spending time with people whether you seek input or not. You invest time including people, or you squander time resolving the consequences of excluding them. Excluding people creates self-inflicted crisis. Excuses for… Continue reading

How Fools and Novices Gain Wisdom

Teams crash when fools lead. Wisdom is: Useful, not theoretical. Connected, not isolated. Self-distancing, not self-absorbed. Wisdom is perspective-taking. Wisdom is gained by practicing wisdom. 2 ways fools and novices gain wisdom: #1.… Continue reading

Do Less of This and You’ll be More Successful

You’re not as interesting as you think. If you’re long-winded, the people around you wish you were short-winded. Talk less. Succeed more. 5 Reasons people talk too much: Thinking. Extroverts think while they… Continue reading

A Butt-Kicking Project to Overcome the Drain of Talkative Leadership

You talk to solve problems, but what if your talking IS the problem? You talk to help, but what if your talking makes people feel helpless?   I asked a group, “What’s a… Continue reading

The Two Biggest Lies Leaders Believe

Teams suffer when leaders believe lies. Most people won’t speak up when you’re convinced lies are truths. The worst lies leaders believe are the ones they tell themselves. The two biggest lies leaders… Continue reading

How to Stop Crushing Dreams and Maximize Aspiration

Energize people by speaking into their aspiration. A young employee says they aspire to become a manager. You view them through the lens of “NEEDS to IMPROVE.” Maybe they need to complain less… Continue reading