Category Archive: Taking others higher

The Five Stages of Decline

You might feel like Superman, but kryptonite is real. Success goes sideways when leaders feel invincible. 5 companies that were great once: Borders Sears & Roebuck Blockbuster (Blockbuster has 1 store in Bend,… Continue reading

Positive Discontent: How to Intervene Before Things Fall Apart

While he was on vacation, one manager’s team lost momentum. We discussed how to intervene before things fall apart. I gave him two phrases for reflection, protecting gains and positive discontent. “Protecting gains… Continue reading

The True Path to Greatness that Anyone Can Begin Today

Great musicians serve music. Great spouses serve each other. Great leaders serve a noble purpose. Your greatness reveals itself as you serve. The path to greatness: #1. Experience greatness: “To be great –… Continue reading

The 4 Secrets of Graceful Leadership That Propel You to the Next Level

Passive patience disappoints. Grace sweetens bitter. Patience with people is: Accepting slower than expected progress. Withholding negative consequences for disappointing performance. Making room to learn from mistakes. Allowing poor performance with the view… Continue reading

A Pig in a Suit Still Stinks

A professional environment is a pig sty that slows development, blocks innovation, and belittles authenticity. If professionalism is about competence, count me in. But there’s a difference between being professional and professional environments.… Continue reading

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