Category Archive: Motivation

You Want People to Take Ownership – But How

“Anything that affects my team is mine.” Brandon Ross* “If the traffic light in front of my building isn’t working, I’m having someone look into it.” You want people on your team who… Continue reading

Dear Dan: I Don’t want to Give my Clients to a Less Competent Colleague

Dear Dan, Your blog is immensely helpful. Here is a topic that I have not seen yet. I am successful in winning work, especially repeat work from the same customers. I am a… Continue reading

How the Republican Committee Ticked Me Off – But the Issue wasn’t Them

Some conversations invigorate – others exasperate. The difference is aspiration, values, and talent. Years ago, the Republican Committee* asked, “If we put you forward for this elected office, what will you do for… Continue reading

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

People judge you by the story they tell themselves about you. The most powerful words we hear are the stories we tell to ourselves. Potential stories: Normally I greet people warmly, with a… Continue reading

How to Honor Strength and Celebrate Progress

Celebration establishes, builds, and reinforces positive culture. A clap does more good than a slap. If you don’t like what you see, start celebrating the things you want to see. The more you… Continue reading

Bacon Inspires Boldness and Makes Things Better

I don’t know who looked at pig belly and said, “Lets rub that with salt, fry it, and eat it,” but I’m thankful. Maybe it was the same person who said, “You can… Continue reading