Category Archive: Managing

Dear Dan: How Do You Get Lousy Managers to Listen

Dear Dan, I am an attorney. I have a client involved in a worker’s comp claim against the County. This is a small rural county. The claim arose because the man works in… Continue reading

You’re Not a Control Freak if …

You’re not a control freak if you send back a rare steak when you ordered medium. #1. You’re not a control freak if you have high standards for yourself and others. But you’re… Continue reading

7 Questions Control Freaks Should Start Asking Today

“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Control freak. Now you say, “Control freak who?” Raise the hand of the person beside you, if you’re a control freak. You might be a control freak if: You… Continue reading

Dear Dan: Help People Who Work for a Control Freak

Dear Dan, How do we help people who work for, or are recovering from working for, a control freak? Many of our leaders have controlling impulses, which has helped them get to their… Continue reading

Lessons in Leading-Up from a Two Year Old

Children develop leading-up skills at an early age. Most of them teach us things we shouldn’t do. Leading-up from a two-year-old’s perspective: Bargaining. “I’ll be good.” A two-year-old uses good performance as a… Continue reading

How to Show Up in Ways that Ignite High Performance in Others

Your presence – the way you show up – impacts team performance. Positive emotion promotes high performance.* Know impact: Leaders who don’t know or don’t care about their presence can’t promote high performance… Continue reading