Category Archive: Managing

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

20% of Men and 60% of Women Have Experienced Sexual Harassment

The #metoo movement represents a culture shift that’s long overdue. I wouldn’t want my daughter or granddaughters to feel they had to sleep with the boss to get a promotion. The only troubling… Continue reading

How to Know if You’re a Manager or a Leader

You’re not managing just because you run meetings or have a title. You might own the place, but that doesn’t make you a leader. Think of leadership and management as distinct ways of… Continue reading