Category Archive: Listening

Help Me I’m Being Criticized!

Critics say more about themselves than they do about you. They impose personal values and expectations as criteria to evaluate you and your behaviors. The more your organization accomplishes the more criticism leaders… Continue reading

Five sure fire ways to spot a Great Coach

You don’t clearly see yourself; no one does. You sell yourself short – you need to be lifted. You’re arrogant – you need a courageous push-back. Your ideas seem right because they’re yours… Continue reading

Gathering options without creating obligations

The next time someone tells you what to do, ask them if they are prepared to take responsibility for any negative consequences. If that doesn’t soften their tone, chances are they are an… Continue reading

Too many answers

The organization I lead is considering a new initiative. In the hallway, I was asked if we had plans to provide child care. We didn’t. I also assumed the person asking wanted child… Continue reading

Leading yourself into Humility

Image source I’ll never forget G.J. Hart’s observation about high potential leaders, “I can usually tell if they have the humility to make it.” He focused on character before talent or skill. Humility yields success;… Continue reading

Finding your courage

It takes courage not lack of fear to lead. Seven things gutless leaders do: Create complexity that protects them from decision-making responsibility. Cowards lurk in the protective shadows of bureaucracy. Let fear rather than… Continue reading