Category Archive: Listening

The Gifts of Leadership: How to Give Advice That People Respect

People don’t want advice. They want the pain to go away. They want to keep doing the same thing but get different results. The world is full of answer-givers, but who can find a… Continue reading

Are You the Captain of the Titanic

Disconnected leaders are captains on the Titanic.  Comfortable disconnection in the present signals failure in the future. Isolation may feel comfortable – especially in difficult situations – but it sinks leaders and organizations.  … Continue reading

All Stagnation Needs is Smug Satisfaction

Work on how you work. If you don’t, this week will reflect last week. Take charge of your trajectory. If you can’t tell me what you’re working on as a leader, you’re already… Continue reading

How to Listen Like a Leader

Listening like a leader enables you to make the world about others. An outward mindset precedes leadership.   Get started: Take out a pen and paper. Write your responses to the questions that… Continue reading

A Two Step Conversation that Helps Your Boss Help You Get Ahead

  Step one: Ask your boss to talk about her aspirations for your department or team. Provide focus. Don’t extend the conversation into the distant future. You might say, “I’m thinking about the… Continue reading

How to Interrupt Others and Get to the Point

You wouldn’t be polite to someone who reached into your pocket to steal your credit cards. Don’t be polite with people who persistently steal your time by talking on and on. Common rules… Continue reading