Category Archive: Saying No

Five Solutions to Tough Conversation That Work

All great leaders have tough conversations; career success demands them. The more impact you have the tougher the conversations become. The path to career advancement begins with technical skill and then moves to… Continue reading

How to Overcome People Pleasing

(Originally posted October 10, 2010) Wanting another’s approval is healthy. Needing it is sick. You can’t please all the people even some of the time. “The disease to please,” as psychologist Harriet Braiker… Continue reading

A Surprising Secret of Forward Movement

Problem solving, opportunities and forward movement are about options. Life feels good when it presents options. We feel trapped, on the other hand, without options. Options liberate but not always. The down side… Continue reading

Too busy to matter

I’m learning it takes more courage to stop than to start. Anyone can start something new. It takes real leaders to stop something old. Think of your life as a five-gallon bucket. You… Continue reading

Four things to stop in order to fuel momentum

Stagnation is normal – persistent progress and forward momentum exceptional. Pretending, complaining, avoiding, and limiting won’t fuel progress. Stop Pretending Stop pretending you want change when in reality you want comfort. Usually comfort… Continue reading

A different kind of courage

Early successes opened doors of opportunity for G.J. Hart, C.E.O. of Texas Roadhouse (Publicly traded with 340 locations and 40,000 employees). Eventually, he was invited to revive a stalled start-up that had found new… Continue reading