Category Archive: Marks of leaders

When to Give a Second Chance and When to Draw the Line

I give second chances reluctantly. I don’t want you on my team if you don’t work hard and bring your best. Drifters, excuse-makers, and blamers freak me out. They don’t deserve second chances.… Continue reading

It Sounded Smart in Your Head and Dumb When You Said It

Comedians say dumb things intentionally. The rest of us have learned that a ‘foot in the mouth’ leaves a bad taste. The dumb thing you said seemed smart in your head. “If Lincoln… Continue reading

It’s Better to Hang Out with People Better than You

Warren Buffett said, “It’s better to hang out with people better than you.”  Arrogance is the reason you’re less than you could be. Would you choose to go to dinner every Friday night… Continue reading

The Choice That Makes You a Leader

Obsession with others is avoidance. I have many conversations with leaders. Sometimes those conversations begin by talking about disappointment in teammates or higher ups. It’s necessary to talk through frustrations. But conversations can’t… Continue reading

Dear Dan: I Put Stuff Off and Work All Weekend

Dear Dan, I read and love your blog. Your post on procrastination hit home because I am a procrastinator. My director-level job involves deep-dive creativity, research, writing, deadlines, and teams. I’m good at… Continue reading

Dear Dan: How can I Lead Procrastinators

Dear Dan, How can I better lead procrastinators? Sincerely, Tired of Waiting Dear Tired, I can’t figure out why people procrastinate. After reflection, I confess that I do it. But it’s still stressful… Continue reading