Category Archive: Marks of leaders

I Hung Up the Phone and Just Started Sobbing

I told Jenny Dearborn that our story is the answer. She told me about an unexpected conversation with a nine year old boy. He has dyslexia. So does Jenny. Jenny Dearborn, SVP and… Continue reading

50% of Your Emotional Vocabulary is Negative

It’s easy to slip into the dark while grappling with performance issues and people problems. Nagging problems corrode optimism. Capacity for negative: Leaders have opportunity and capacity to become negative. Some have inclination.… Continue reading

A Failure at Kindness

Kindness, like most things, is easy until you get serious about it. I spent last week focused on kindness. It was a fiasco. It’s not that I’m unkind. You aren’t kind if all… Continue reading

The Truth About Self-Kindness

It’s hard for me to believe that I’m even thinking about self-kindness. I’m old school. Words like self-love and self-kindness set me on edge. We need responsibility and hard work, not self-kindness. Us… Continue reading

The Answer is Who

Immature leaders nurse on the bottle of disappointment. Yes, people have weaknesses and shortcomings. But you don’t bring out their best by sucking on the bottle of frustration. The people on your team… Continue reading

Cracking the Mystery of Self-Leadership

All the ugly stereotypes of bad leadership are expressions of lousy self-leadership. Ken Blanchard says, “You can’t lead others if you can’t lead yourself.” Painful clarity: Self-leadership felt confusing to me until I… Continue reading