Category Archive: Personal Growth

7 Dangers of Weakness and Why You Undervalue Your Strength

The illusion of competence is deadly to successful leadership. Experience, success, position, and power give you the deadly illusion that you are good at nearly everything. But you’re exceptional only at one or… Continue reading

Two Key Factors for Happiness at Work

If you don’t like the people around you, you hate showing up at work. Jamie Naughton, Chief of Staff for Zappos, told me she used to think, “Happiness at work was more in… Continue reading

Dear Dan: I Can’t Stop Helping People

Dear Dan, I work late because I’m being helpful to people on my team. How can I stop helping too much? Sincerely, Too Helpful (Question after a recent presentation.) Dear Too, The desire… Continue reading

Big Leadership

You didn’t get up this morning thinking, “I want to live a meaningless life.” You want something bigger. I’m using the term ‘big’ for meaningful. Rise above small concerns to experience big leadership.  … Continue reading

How to Bridge the Perilous Gap Between Impact and Intent

The way you occur to others and the way you imagine yourself are completely different people. You interpret your heart. Others interpret your behavior. The perceptions of others wouldn’t matter if leadership was… Continue reading

How to use Anxiety as a Decision-Making Tool

A little anxiety keeps you on your toes. Unease makes you alert and helps you bring your best to challenges and opportunities. Unanswered anxiety spirals out of control. One fear cascades into another.… Continue reading