Category Archive: Strengths

Two Simple Systems for Generating Positive Energy in Others

Make it your mission to fuel and refuel energy. Positive energy fuels achievement. 4 principles of energy: #1. People have energy. Lousy organizations drain it. #2. Energy flows toward meaningful action. When people… Continue reading

Stop Domesticating Remarkable People

People in the middle are forgettable. Obsessed people are remarkable. Danger: Average leaders want everyone else to be average. Leaders face the danger of domesticating remarkable people. In the process, remarkable people become… Continue reading

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