Category Archive: Marks of leaders

How Santa is Jolly when he has Important Work to Do

The thing I like about Santa is he’s jolly. But how can you be happy when you have so much to do?   He has lots of help. I don’t know how many… Continue reading

The Gifts of Leadership: Equip Novices for Success and Stay Sane

Nothing is more important to the future than equipping new talent for success. It’s all about choice and approach. Avoid pretenders: What’s the response when you ask, “Do you want to grow yourself… Continue reading

The Gifts of Leadership: How to Give Advice That People Respect

People don’t want advice. They want the pain to go away. They want to keep doing the same thing but get different results. The world is full of answer-givers, but who can find a… Continue reading

Stop Domesticating Remarkable People

People in the middle are forgettable. Obsessed people are remarkable. Danger: Average leaders want everyone else to be average. Leaders face the danger of domesticating remarkable people. In the process, remarkable people become… Continue reading

Are You the Captain of the Titanic

Disconnected leaders are captains on the Titanic.  Comfortable disconnection in the present signals failure in the future. Isolation may feel comfortable – especially in difficult situations – but it sinks leaders and organizations.  … Continue reading

Fearful Leaders Hoard Control – Courageous Leaders Give Power

Feeling powerful expands possibility, elevates engagement, and enables initiative. Feeling powerless creates weakness, dependence, and fear. People who feel powerful see opportunity. People who feel powerless feel threat. Control freaks make others feel powerless.… Continue reading