Category Archive: Motivation

How to Set Soft Goals and Measure Soft Results

Achieving results is a walk in the park compared to navigating the fuzzy side of leadership. Measuring success is even more difficult. The soft stuff: Building relationships. Managing energy. Staying curious. Technical skills… Continue reading

10 Ways to Win with Ambition and Not Contaminate Relationships

It’s not necessary to have ambition. It’s just unusual when leaders don’t have it. You’re better off acknowledging ambition than pretending you’re above it. Blind ambition: I know a leader who lost an… Continue reading

4 Ways to Throw Gas – not water – On Dreams

People are excited to do what they want to do, not what you want them to do. The sooner you embrace this idea, the more successful you’ll become. Control resources. Release people. Frustration:… Continue reading

Six Simple Questions Highly Successful Managers Keep Asking

The tragedy of poor management is lost potential and lack of fulfillment. Successful managers create environments where people make a difference for themselves and their organizations. Six simple questions all successful managers ask: #1. What… Continue reading

7 Ways to Look the Beast in the Eye

Optimism is foolish when it makes light of challenges. A little overconfidence inspires courage, but swagger goes wrong when it makes light of hairy beasts. Go ahead and overestimate your strengths a little,… Continue reading

7 Ways to be a Dealer in Hope

You and the people you influence cannot thrive apart from hope. Napoleon rightly said, “A leader is a dealer in hope.” Successful leaders inspire hope.  Leadership is about the future – hope is… Continue reading