Category Archive: Managing

Distraction: Defeating the Beast that Contaminates Leadership and Dilutes Effectiveness

The seduction of distraction is it makes you feel important while diluting usefulness at the same time. The habit of hurry drains fulfillment and frustrates engagement. No one achieves excellence by doing one… Continue reading

5 Things Spark Plugs Do to Inspire High Performing Teams

Some teams soar. Other teams splash around just above the surface. Giving CPR to low performing teams feels more important than encouraging high performing teams, but it isn’t. Spend more time fueling high… Continue reading

How Long is Your Management Nose

Long-nosed managers sniff around in everyone’s business. Short-nosed managers seem disinterested, aloof, and uncaring. How long should a manager’s nose be? One size doesn’t fit all. My preference: I preferred managers with short… Continue reading

How Accountability Stops Chinese Water Torture

You can’t prove that dripping water on someone’s forehead eventually drives them insane without risking someone’s sanity. But the Myth Busters verified the power of Chinese Water Torture. The stress of nagging issues,… Continue reading

The Plate-Drop Challenge: How to Respond to Failure

The only way to learn how many plates you can spin is to break some plates. The question of capacity guarantees failure. T.S. Eliot said, “Only those who will risk going too far… Continue reading

Dear Dan: I Have an Employee who Makes Repeated Mistakes

Dear Dan, I have an employee who rushes through her work. I’ve tried to get her to slow down, but she is always worried about getting in trouble for not getting work done.… Continue reading