Category Archive: Mistakes

3 Rules for “Not Helping” Like a Leader

Under-helpful leaders seem distant and uncaring. Over-helpful leaders encourage irresponsibility and low engagement. 3 rules for “not helping” like a leader: #1. Don’t fix the mistakes of capable team members. The operative word… Continue reading

Blind-Eye-Dumb and Other Stupid Things Leaders Do

Don’t be offended at today’s title. Stupid comes before smart. If you aren’t stupid, you’re “too” smart. But repeated stupid in the same way is dumb. People who think they know – when… Continue reading

The Gifts of Leadership: How to Help People Find Their Own Answers

The week before Christmas brings gift-giving to mind. That’s why I’ve brought your attention to gifts leaders give others. I’ve written about the gift of advice and how to give it skillfully. But… 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

Turkey’s Revenge: I Bought a Bone Turkey for Thanksgiving

Friends and food mean a lot when you don’t have much. We were poor college students, over 1,600 miles from home, when we celebrated our first Thanksgiving as husband and wife. Holidays make… Continue reading

4 Principles of Responsible Boldness

Timid action insults your future. But in some organizations, boldness is perilous. 5 signs it’s perilous to be bold: Upper management believes the status quo is daring. Everyone colors within the lines. Responsible… Continue reading