Category Archive: Marks of leaders

Dear Dan: I Feel Burn-Out Because Administration Promotes Unqualified People

Dear Dan, First, I really enjoy your leadership tweets. Second, I’m currently at a job, where the administration seems to be promoting ‘yes men’ and not qualified people to supervisors. Not leaders. This… Continue reading

Four Ways to Succeed with the Stinky Part of Work

If you dislike 30% of your job, look for another job. You can dislike 20% of your job and still enjoy work. (Informal surveys of managers.) If you like 80% of your job,… Continue reading

How to Defeat a Small Grinchy Heart – Four Things Big Hearted Leaders Learn

“And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.” Dr. Seuss It wasn’t that the Grinch wanted to experience joy. He just… Continue reading

Four Advantages of Being an Underdog

Small improvements are better than giving up, even when the odds are stacked against you. David is literally a little guy in the battle against Goliath. Today we use ‘David and Goliath’ to… Continue reading

3 Unexpected Interventions that Changed the World

Ted Geisel crossed the Atlantic on stormy seas in the Fall of 1935. It was eight days of agonizing monotony. He sat at the bar for hours, the rhythmic thumping of the ship’s… Continue reading

3 Things We Get Wrong About Humility

Humility and I stand beside each other like strangers on an elevator. We glance sideways, but we don’t stand close. The only thing I say is, “Have a good day,” when I step… Continue reading