Category Archive: Marks of leaders

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

Nearly 40% Never Give Positive Reinforcement

For many, it’s easier to talk about what sucks than what’s great. There’s a negative voice in our heads. Personally, you can’t speak well of yourself. Why? Humble leaders don’t brag. They talk about… Continue reading

The Top Five Things to Look for in Potential Leaders

Character and skill are essential for remarkable success, but not enough. Successful leaders develop others. But who? The top 5 things to look for in potential leaders: #1. Stubbornness. Headstrong people may be… Continue reading