Category Archive: Power

5 Ways to Find the Worm

If the people you push felt powerful, they’d reject you. In their hearts they already do. Pushing people isn’t leadership. Sometimes people need a swift kick in the pants. But, kicking, pushing, pressuring,… Continue reading

12 Requirements for Powerful Empowerment

Permission-askers don’t feel powerful. Permission-giving keeps people in line and subservient. Power hungry leaders create disempowering cultures. Do the people around you feel powerful? The person giving permission is the person in control. Empowerment… Continue reading

Four Ways to Fit In and Not Disappear

Learn to fit in while you standout. Finding your place – in relation to others – frees, empowers, and enhances meaning. Image source Fitting in: Leaders who succeed in isolation aren’t doing much. The myth of… Continue reading

Five Ways Bad Bosses Make You Look Bad

Negative responses to a bad boss hurt you more than it hurts them. The person you consistently complain about brands you. If you let them, bad bosses control your: Speech. Attitude. Behavior. Contribution. Future. Do… Continue reading

Seven Reasons Smart Leaders Get Dumb

Power makes leaders dumb. The more power you gain the dumber you get. Image source There are at least seven dumbing effects of power. Power*: Reduces the complexity of your thinking. You over-simplify. Limits your ability… Continue reading

12 Ways to Maximize Collisions of Perspective

Mediocrity is the result of peace and harmony. Rather than resolving conflict, invite it. Lousy leaders and weak organizations pursue peace at all costs. The heat of tension, tests, clarifies, refines, and strengthens… Continue reading