Category Archive: Taking others higher

The Nickname Project

Nurse Alice Tittle said Claudia Alta Taylor was, “… as pretty as a lady bird.” At two years old, Claudia became, “Lady Bird.” (NYT) Claudia became the First Lady of the United States… Continue reading

How to Gain Power when you Feel Powerless

Many emails I receive concern frustration caused by feeling powerless. Something’s wrong and change seems unlikely. Abuse gives power a bad name, but you need power to get things done. How to gain… Continue reading

6 Reasons Employees Don’t Talk to Their Managers

Employees talk more and managers talk less in successful one-on-ones. 6 reasons employees don’t talk to their managers: Cold professional culture. Caring happens outside work. Talkative managers. Curiosity about people is rare. Intimidating… Continue reading

Dependency as an Asset

An independent life is out of the question for anyone who aspires to lead. Success – in leadership – always depends on others. A central issue of leadership is how you deal with… Continue reading

Sincerity Doesn’t Erase Incompetence – How to Help

You sincerely want to help, but what if you employ strategies and habits that cause harm. Sincerity doesn’t erase incompetence. Portraits of lousy helpers: Overeager helper: When time allows, step back and let… Continue reading

Lessons in Leading-Up from a Two Year Old

Children develop leading-up skills at an early age. Most of them teach us things we shouldn’t do. Leading-up from a two-year-old’s perspective: Bargaining. “I’ll be good.” A two-year-old uses good performance as a… Continue reading