Category Archive: Personal Growth

How to Show Empathy and Not Get Sucked into Slime Pits

Empathy is a platform for relationship, not encouragement to wallow in slime pits. Solid relationships strengthen people. Strong people perform better than weak. The power of empathy: The purpose of empathy is to… Continue reading

How to Compete Like a Leader

Male cardinals attack reflections. At first, I thought they were admiring themselves in the mirrors on my truck. As time passed, I realized they were attacking their reflection. Focusing on the wrong competitor… Continue reading

When to Just Shut Up and Do It

I hate it when leaders respond to concerns or resistance with, “Just shut up and do it.” But sometimes NIKE is right, Just do it. Just shut up and do it: Discomfort is… Continue reading

5 Secrets that Expand Your Ability to Lead

Successful leaders think more about relationships and less about technical skills. Expanding your leadership is about people. 5 secrets that expand your ability to lead: #1. Value casual interactions. If you and your… Continue reading

Stop Pretending You Know When You Don’t

Learning begins on the fringes of knowledge where clarity drifts toward uncertainty and confusion. People say things like, “I don’t know.” Successful leaders build relationships where it’s safe, even desirable, to NOT know.… Continue reading

The Dangers of Helping: Are you too Helpful

The goal of helping is enabling, not more helping. Over-helpful leaders are over-worked and under-appreciated. Help in ways that strengthen competency and don’t create dependency. Train people to help each other, BEFORE they… Continue reading