Category Archive: Optimism

5 Ways to Solve the Dung Fly Problem

Teams and organizations always have a few members who leave smelly droppings everywhere they go and wonder why everything stinks. Sometimes it’s leaders. Dung fly leaders: #1. Kill momentum by bringing up distracting… Continue reading

The Puzzle without the Cover

Leading is like working on a puzzle without the cover. In turbulent times, throw three puzzles in the same pile. In crisis, hide the edges. Certainty about the future is illusion. At best,… Continue reading

Four Ways to Deal with Negativity in a Positive Way

I’m a no nonsense farm boy originally from a dairy farm in Central Maine. We’re not impressed with positivity. I recently reconnected with my friend Jon Gordon (Mr. Positive Leadership). I’ve been skeptical… Continue reading

10 Strategies that Re-energize Demoralized Teams

Layoffs, complaints, stress, cutbacks, unrealistic expectations, shortfalls, and more, demoralize teams.   10 Strategies that Re-energize Demoralized teams: #1. Complain a little and move on. “We’ve talked about this the last three times… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: My Team Struggles with Communication and Follow-Through

Dear Dan, My team has been struggling with communication. We have talked about it all, run through problems and nutted out imperfect solutions. We have talked through positive ways to communicate, but I… Continue reading

How to Complain Like a Leader

Great leaders have burning complaints. I wonder how many great endeavors began as great complaints. The United States of America, for example, began with great complaints.  We know the name Martin Luther King Jr. because… Continue reading