Category Archive: Success

What’s More Important to Success than Leadership Skills

You’re a colossal screw-up if you believe success hinges on skills. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are at delegating, for example, if you’re a dishonest jerk-hole. Hitler was an exceptional communicator. Skills… Continue reading

5 Reasons People Wish Lousy Leaders Would Stay Away

I’m a huge fan of leadership walk-abouts. But if you’re a lousy leader, just stay in your office and keep doing the “important” work you think you’re doing. 5 reasons people wish lousy… Continue reading

How to Defeat the Subtleties of Defensiveness

Defensiveness makes you a turtle or a tiger. Sometimes you hide your little turtle head. Other times you bare tiger teeth. Defensiveness is eagerness to feel criticized or attacked; an inclination to see… Continue reading

5 Ways to Lead like the Blue Footed Booby

The first Bishop of Panama, Tomas de Berlanga, discovered the Galapagos Islands in 1535 by accident. He was on his way to Peru, but currents carried the ship to the home of the… Continue reading

Winning: Confusion about Winning Leads to Losing

All the cars in the junk yard have empty tanks. The anatomy of winning: Winning requires an ending. A race that has no end has no winner. Even the longest car races in… Continue reading

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