Category Archive: Taking others higher

4 Forms of Stagnation that Defeat Leaders and Destroy Organizations

Stagnation serves up death in sugary bites that taste like cake. Regardless of the contents of your leadership, you found it moving forward. The opposite of forward is stagnation.   4 forms of… Continue reading

How to Spot Surprising Opportunities to Develop Team Members

Trying to fix someone is insulting to them and arrogant of you. Development is a partnership, not a dictatorship. But the trouble is… You don’t always have the luxury of waiting for people… Continue reading

How to Put People in Stressful Situations

What gives you the right to put someone in a situation that makes their palms sweat? Positive intention. Shared values. Known commitments. Open relationship. Challenge or coddle: Coddling prevents people from soaring. Compassionate… Continue reading

One Leader’s Surprising Experience with One-on-Ones

One of my coaching clients is developing his skill at holding one-on-ones with his management team. He’s learning you don’t have to choose between strong relationships and great results.  Strong relationships fuel great… Continue reading

The Risky Business of Dealing with an Indecisive Boss

A common complaint about bad bosses is they won’t make decisions.  An indecisive boss seems cowardly, lazy, short-sighted, or self-serving.     It’s risky to take action when you have an indecisive boss.… Continue reading

How to Find and Invite Others to Ride the Bull with You

Leading is like riding a bull in the rodeo. I recently asked a leader, “What shifts for you if you think of inviting someone to ride the bull with you?” He said, “It… Continue reading