Category Archive: Personal Growth

How to Bring Your Best Self Even When Others Don’t

Gusto turns to groaning when people disappoint. It’s harmful when disappointment, anger, or bitterness reflect your strongest self. The seduction of negative focus is destructive illusion. Bring your best self: #1. Choose how… Continue reading

Big Shot, Bureaucrat, or Servant Leader

The way you view yourself sets the trajectory of your leadership. You might pressure people into conformity, but that never wins hearts. You must choose between short-sighted coercion and servant leadership. Choose who… Continue reading

3 Ways Busy Leaders Master Connection

It’s not rude to yell, “Get out!” when the house is burning down. But when everything’s a crisis, you’re just a jerk running around with your hair on fire. Frantic busyness makes you… Continue reading

How to Discover and Leverage the Value You Bring

Know the value you bring. Find a situation where others value the value you bring and bring it. If you want to bring your value, explore the value you currently bring to others.… Continue reading

The Danger of Public Criticism and the Power of Social Confirmation

I was greeting audience members before a presentation when one asked, “What makes you qualified to give this presentation?” “Thanks for asking,” is my typical response when I need a second to think.… Continue reading

How to Have Grit When You Want to Quit

Grit matters when quitting is easier than pressing forward. Perseverance isn’t grit until you want to quit. But what keeps you going when the path is steep? Conundrum: Grit isn’t grit until quitting… Continue reading