Category Archive: Success

Cows and New Gates – The Power of Unspoken Permission

The boss cow has a long line of cows behind her when they head to the barn. The grass wears away and a narrow cow sidewalk hardens under their hooves because they follow… Continue reading

How to Multiply the Power of Grit Before You Crash and Burn

I’d rather work with persistent leaders than quitters. But grit crashes and burns if it can’t change direction. Persistence in a bad thing multiplies disappointment. What if it’s better to quit? Angela Duckworth… Continue reading

How to Escape Toxic Dissatisfaction

Dissatisfaction grows in the gap between aspiration and reality. Dissatisfaction that lingers in the gap between aspiration and reality defeats aspiration. You begin to think, “Why try?” Dissatisfaction is boredom with sameness. Dissatisfaction… Continue reading

Incompetent Infants Aren’t Responsible to do Hard Things

Life without responsibility is easier than life with responsibility. Don’t seek management or leadership if fishing, video games, or playing golf are your greatest aspirations. Anyone who thinks responsibility is easy is irresponsible.… Continue reading

The Scientific Way to Increase Follow-Through from 35% to 91%

People who simply intend to do hard things fail about 65% of the time. Think about the last time you intended to have a tough conversation with a team member. Did you find… Continue reading

How to Use Story to Fuel Vitality

Admiration is energy. Your story is the channel of vitality. My story: My people were farmers on both sides. Dad’s family grew potatoes. Mom’s family milked cows. Mom and dad took over the… Continue reading