Category Archive: Strengths

What to do When High Performers Take on New Challenges

One of your best team members took on a new challenge. Performance plummeted. Now what? #1. Expect the dip. New challenges make us novices again. Performance goes down when people navigate uncharted waters.… Continue reading

The Amazing Power of Being Valued by Others and the Path to Get There

Don’t scoff when people talk about feelings. Respect – being valued by others – is a feeling.  Feelings of respect bring respectful behaviors to life. People don’t respect leaders simply because there’s a… Continue reading

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

Everyone Has More Weaknesses Than Strengths

Everyone has more weaknesses than strengths. Ignoring this truth makes leaders blind, confused, dangerous, and ineffective. Arrogance whispers, “Your weaknesses aren’t vulnerabilities.”   One of the most important questions leaders ask is, “What… Continue reading

A Simple Pattern for a Powerful Conversation

It’s too easy to point out weaknesses. Successful leaders know the top three strengths of everyone on the team. Peter Drucker wrote, “A person can perform only from strength. One cannot build performance… Continue reading

The Surprising Secret to Getting Things Done

The secret to getting things done is only starting things you can finish. But that leaves little room for trying new things. Picky starters: The most surprising and helpful thing I’ve learned about… Continue reading