Category Archive: Taking others higher

How to Navigate Turmoil without Sinking the Boat

Unresolved turmoil weakens the knees and squelches creativity. The companions of turmoil are frustration, helplessness, and regret. Four sources of turmoil: #1. Mandates from disconnected leadership. The people at the helm seem stupid… Continue reading

Motivation to Televise Your Colonoscopy

Last year, Katie Couric convinced Jimmy Kimmel to televise his first colonoscopy. In 2000, Katie televised her own. What motivates a person to have a colonoscopy on national television? The answer is pain.… Continue reading

The Shamrock System – Plus, Minus, and Equal

Frank Shamrock is one of the most successful mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters of all time. He was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 1990s by the Wrestling Observer. The Shamrock development… Continue reading

Dear Dan: Everyone Wants to Leave!

Dear Dan, I just inherited a team where they were publicly scrutinized and now everyone wants to leave. How do I get people to stay when the previous leadership “threw them under the… Continue reading

4 Ways Weakness is Advantage

Strength usually takes you further than weakness but pretending you have it all together limits opportunity and potential. Strength-based leadership is no excuse to ignore the benefits of weakness. Get over yourself. You… Continue reading

Why Leadership Development is Superficial and How to Fix It

You’re missing the point if all you want to do is become a better leader. Your vision is puny. Maybe you’re self-centered. My passion: Developing leaders is a secondary passion in my life.… Continue reading