Category Archive: Taking others higher

Dear Dan: Contacting Laid off Employees will Be Patronizing

My recommendation to keep in contact with laid off employees elicited the following response. “Do you think contacting people and asking them how they are doing while they are laid off will be… Continue reading

7 Signs You Let Others Control You During Emotional Turmoil

You must know yourself to manage yourself. Self-aware leaders choose how they show up. Low self-awareness means you can’t manage yourself with authenticity.   Emotional turmoil seduces you into self-forgetfulness. When you forget… Continue reading

5 Ways to Deal with Tommy Touchhole

A touchhole is the small hole in early firearms through which the charge is ignited. Tommy Touchhole reacts to slight offenses with inordinate intensity. Insignificant issues have disproportionate impact on touchy people. You… Continue reading

How to Deal with Buffy Blasthole

Buffy Blasthole’s motto is Express Yourself. She runs around telling everyone what she thinks regardless of harm or turbulence. Ms. Blasthole blows up relationships, derails meetings, and creates havoc because she disregards the… Continue reading

Making the Most of Dissatisfaction

When nagging dissatisfaction drives your leadership, teams struggle, relationships flounder, and results always disappoint. Persistent dissatisfaction eventually becomes intolerable. Escape seems the only resolution. The answer to dissatisfaction is learning to find satisfaction,… Continue reading

Dissatisfaction isn’t the Problem – How to Handle Dissatisfaction

If you aren’t currently disappointed with someone or something, you will be soon. Aspiration is dissatisfaction. Dissatisfaction is inevitable. Collecting unhappiness is a choice. Make dissatisfaction useful before it suffocates effectiveness. 5 reasons… Continue reading