Category Archive: Taking others higher

How to Show Up, Stir Up, Build Up, and Shut Up

If you let your mind wander, you’ll end up where you don’t want to go. Give your personal leadership focus and direction. #1. Show Up. Bring your best self to work by determining… Continue reading

The Most Important Thing You Manage isn’t Projects or People

Someone or something is controlling your attention. Often it’s not you. Maybe it’s an email alert or a buzzing cell phone. Distracted leaders live inconsequential lives. The most important thing you manage is your… Continue reading

How to Nudge People Toward Dragons

Opportunity often knocks before you’re ready. A brief dialog from the movie, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, illustrates the power of “nudges”.   Frodo Baggins: “Before you (Gandalf)… Continue reading

How the Right Kind of Praise Fuels Big Potential

I just finished the fourth book on February’s reading list, Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being by Shawn Achor. It’s was well worth the read.  … Continue reading

Secret Sauce: Daydream Your Way to Success

Negativity is the ability to dream up problems aggravated by the inability to imagine solutions. You might have a leadership position, but you can’t actually lead until you can daydream. Everything is first… Continue reading

When Servant-Leaders Choose to Advantage Others – Even if it Hurts

Putting the team first sounds great until advantaging others disadvantages you. The choice between personal advantage and organizational advantage speaks to the heart of servant leadership. “Win-win” is challenging when YOU win later… Continue reading