Category Archive: Mistakes

How to Bare Your Neck Like a Leader

People build walls of self-protection because they are afraid. “… if you are humble, if you make people realize that you are no threat to them, then they will  embrace you.” Nelson Mandela… Continue reading

Which Comes First – Quantity or Quality

“The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the… Continue reading

With Regards to the Women and Men who Fight On

Ease is evil. Fight on: Trying hard and falling short feels like a punch to the gut. But what’s the alternative. Half-hearted effort? Playing it safe? Ease? Half-hearted effort insults your team and… Continue reading

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