Category Archive: Listening

5 Reasons People Wish Lousy Leaders Would Stay Away

I’m a huge fan of leadership walk-abouts. But if you’re a lousy leader, just stay in your office and keep doing the “important” work you think you’re doing. 5 reasons people wish lousy… Continue reading

How to be the Leader People Love to See

Spending time with their manager is the worst part of the day for employees. What makes managers so un-delightful? Managers are unintentionally malevolent when they have an agenda that has nothing to do… Continue reading

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