Category Archive: Taking others higher

Bogus Self-Esteem and the Dangers of Shallow Praise

Whatever you do, don’t criticize or correct. You might damage someone’s self-esteem. (Sarcasm intended.) Bolstering, maintaining, and protecting self-esteem is the sacred cow of modern society. It’s a grievous evil to do anything… Continue reading

How to Look Smart When Seeking Advice

Don’t worry. You won’t look stupid if you seek advice. There’s wisdom in not-knowing. Ancient wisdom: Research agrees with ancient wisdom. Advice-seeking is smart. And it makes you look smart when done skillfully.… Continue reading

How to Get Your Team to Stop Dropping the Ball and Follow-Through

Follow-through is the engine of progress. Poor follow-through, poor results. 3 dangers of poor follow-through: People don’t respect you. Procrastination drains your energy like a dripping faucet. Team performance drops. People end up… Continue reading

How to be a Great Pretender

The gap between your aspirational-self and your actual-self means pretending is part of the journey. But pretending in the wrong way damages your future. Beneficial pretending begins with your values. It builds your… Continue reading

4 Questions the Best Managers Answer to Energize Employees

“The best managers reinforce how and why each person’s contribution is fundamental to the team’s success.” Gallup Four questions: First: What is your contribution? People are energized when their contribution is understood and… Continue reading

3 Ways to Overcome “That Won’t Work”

Naysayers are often right – especially when they’re roadblocks. “What works,” emerges AFTER you try. We have a delusional ability to believe we’re right when, in truth, we have nothing to support our… Continue reading