Category Archive: Marks of leaders

One Leader’s Surprising Experience with One-on-Ones

One of my coaching clients is developing his skill at holding one-on-ones with his management team. He’s learning you don’t have to choose between strong relationships and great results.  Strong relationships fuel great… Continue reading

The Risky Business of Dealing with an Indecisive Boss

A common complaint about bad bosses is they won’t make decisions.  An indecisive boss seems cowardly, lazy, short-sighted, or self-serving.     It’s risky to take action when you have an indecisive boss.… Continue reading

Three Stumbles From Defeat

Every leader is three stumbles from defeat. But stumble-points reveal footholds for success. The path down is easier than the path up. 3 stumbles from defeat: #1. A closed door. Novices and simpletons… Continue reading

Top Leaders Explain What Fuels Their Energy

Any incompetent fool can run around barking orders like a chihuahua with the self image of a doberman.  Yes, giving direction is part of leadership. But the soft stuff, like igniting, monitoring, and… Continue reading

The Puzzle without the Cover

Leading is like working on a puzzle without the cover. In turbulent times, throw three puzzles in the same pile. In crisis, hide the edges. Certainty about the future is illusion. At best,… Continue reading

A Young Leader Receives a Sh*t Sandwich

Incompetent leaders only have performance conversations when someone screws up. Things get worse when inept leaders finally have performance conversations. Michael Lapointe reminded me that incompetent leaders suck at performance conversations. (Michael left a… Continue reading