Category Archive: Mistakes

When You Mean Well, But Put Your Foot in Your Mouth

Dunkin’ Donuts is a comfort to me when I travel. When I see a Dunkin’, I think everything is going to be OK. It’s not that I eat donuts. I eat a bagel… Continue reading

The 7 Seductions of Leadership

Position, status, and success don’t magically make you superior to others. Know-it-all leaders become less than they could be. The 7 seductions of leadership: Knowing ‘about’ is the same as knowing ‘how’. Position… Continue reading

A Premortem: Reverse Positive Thinking for Success

Do premortems. A postmortem is too late. Gary Klein introduced the idea of premortems. A premortem is reverse positive thinking. Instead of imagining success, imagine failure. What might go wrong: A year from now,… Continue reading

How to Avoid Distraction and Focus on Real Issues

Mary* approached, after a recent presentation and said, “I wanted to hear more about dealing with your inner critic.” She could have said: You should talk more about managing your inner critic. Why… Continue reading

3 Ways to Overcome “That Won’t Work”

Naysayers are often right – especially when they’re roadblocks. “What works,” emerges AFTER you try. We have a delusional ability to believe we’re right when, in truth, we have nothing to support our… Continue reading

The George H.W. Bush Quote They’re Getting Wrong

I’ve seen a George H.W. Bush quote floating around on the Internet that completely misses the point. Former President George Bush didn’t say, “I think history will point out some of the things… Continue reading