Category Archive: Marks of leaders

5 Reasons People Wish Lousy Leaders Would Stay Away

I’m a huge fan of leadership walk-abouts. But if you’re a lousy leader, just stay in your office and keep doing the “important” work you think you’re doing. 5 reasons people wish lousy… Continue reading

Self-Consciousness: Solving the Hidden Hinderance to Enjoyment and Performance

The more energy you expend worrying about yourself, the less energy you have to make a difference in the world. Self-consciousness drains energy, enjoyment, and effectiveness. Self-consciousness is your inner voice telling you… Continue reading

How to be the Leader People Love to See

Spending time with their manager is the worst part of the day for employees. What makes managers so un-delightful? Managers are unintentionally malevolent when they have an agenda that has nothing to do… Continue reading

How to Pull Weeds Less and Grow Fruit More

You’ve been working to make a difference but every weed you pull is replaced by three more. Worse yet, new weeds seem more malicious than old. If you aren’t careful, you’ll end up… Continue reading

The Joyful Pleasures and Shameful Permissions of Comparison

They say you shouldn’t compare yourself with others, but sometimes comparing is unblemished enjoyment. When your car outshines your neighbor’s, talking about cars is pleasurable, for example. Pleasure of comparison: On a trip… Continue reading

3 Steps to Face Daily Challenges with Fresh Enthusiasm

Rituals bring control in the storm. The storm won’t change, but how you respond does. During a recent coaching call, a client relayed a ritual he uses before showing up at work. How… Continue reading