Category Archive: Personal Growth

How to Stretch People Without Breaking Them

I asked Mary to talk in front of a group. She texted back, “You are kidding, right?” Later she said, “I nearly puked on my desk, when I got your text.” Don’t judge… Continue reading

How to be Tough When You Prefer Being Kind

Stress increases when leaders can’t bring kind and tough together. Kind without tough makes you a pushover. Tough without kind makes you a jerk. Accountability is candy to some leaders. It’s easy for… Continue reading

Never Let a Bad Boss Control Your Life and Limit Your Career

Power causes entitlement. Bad bosses ignore the negative influence of power. Nose-picking: “My boss picks his nose.” Yes! One reader shared the story of watching her boss pick his nose. Powerful people tend to… Continue reading

How Experienced Leaders Become Stagnant and Mediocre

Repetition isn’t the path to improvement, unless you persistently work to improve.   The only way to improve is to focus on improvement. Experience turns to mediocrity when: You can’t explain what you’re… Continue reading

Bias When Hiring Mommies, Musicians, and Light Skinned Blacks

Everyone has bias. It’s dangerous to think otherwise. When you meet job candidates, you form first impressions that include stereotypes and biases. (Not all stereotypes are bad.) In order to recruit and retain… Continue reading

89% of Employees are Demotivated by Ineffective Managers and Leaders

It might hurt, but look in the mirror if people around you are low energy slugs.  The greatest ability is the ability to develop abilities. 98% of employees who have good leaders are… Continue reading