Category Archive: Solutions

Don’t Run with the Pack and Other Powerful Ways to Thrive in Organizational Life

Effective organizations enable us to harness each other’s strengths, but it ain’t easy working with others. #1. Don’t always run with the pack. You disappear if you always fall in line. Offer constructive… Continue reading

How to Complain Like a Leader

Habitual complainers stink like babies with dirty diapers. But everyone who brings up difficult issues, problems, and concerns isn’t an energy sucking complainer. 3 types of complainers: #1. Complainers who excuse their complaining… Continue reading

3 Guaranteed Ways to Lower a Leader’s Frustration

If you’re like many leaders, you’re frustrated with something right now. If you aren’t frustrated, all I need to do is bring up common trigger issues. Results fell short. Unexpected problems blocked progress. Someone… Continue reading

Tippy-Toe Leaders and Other Dysfunctional Problem-Solvers

We might be able to fake leadership in breezy weather, but dark seas are bright lights. The way you deal with problems is more important than the problems themselves. 3 dysfunctional problem-solvers: #1. Tippy-toe leaders.… Continue reading

How to Complain Like a Leader

Great leaders have burning complaints. I wonder how many great endeavors began as great complaints. The United States of America, for example, began with great complaints.  We know the name Martin Luther King Jr. because… Continue reading

12 Don’ts of Tough Conversations

Success includes not shooting yourself in the foot. 12 Don’ts of Tough Conversations: Don’t use “we” when you mean “you”. Never allow fuzzy language. Exercise candor and precision when fuzzy feels safe. Don’t press… Continue reading