Category Archive: Success

How to Survive and Thrive in Imperfect Organizations

You’re surrounded by imperfection. Everyone has a handful of strengths and a bucketful of weaknesses. If strengths smelled like warm cookies and weaknesses smelled like wet dog, everyone would stink. Overcome frustration with… Continue reading

Why Some Leaders Stick and Other Leaders Quit

Grit isn’t the reason people endure. Grit is disappointing because it develops as-you-go, not before you go. Context: Grit is irrelevant when you already feel strong, capable, and confident. Difficulty, distress, weakness, and… Continue reading

The True Value of Persistent Problems and Nagging Distress

Problems are spiny gifts wrapped in sandpaper. It’s foolish to wish for problem-free leadership. The four benefits of persistent problems: #1. The prospect of becoming your best self. “Leadership is a matter of… Continue reading

The 7 Seductions of Leadership

Position, status, and success don’t magically make you superior to others. Know-it-all leaders become less than they could be. The 7 seductions of leadership: Knowing ‘about’ is the same as knowing ‘how’. Position… Continue reading

Garbage Stinks – How to Benefit from Praise, Criticism, and Failure

Don’t drag garbage from the last thing you did into the next thing you do. Learn and throw it out. Respond to the present with the future in mind. Past failure teaches you… Continue reading

Four Beliefs of Dingbat Leaders

There are smart leaders, stupid leaders, and then there are dingbat leaders. Leadership Freak definition of dingbat: A ‘dingbat’ is a smart person doing something stupid.* Smart people do stupid things. You forget… Continue reading