Category Archive: Taking others higher

Dear Dan – I Feel Caught Between the Boss and Fellow Employees

Dear Dan, I wonder if you could provide me some guidance with what I call “The curse of the middleman.” I’m a member of two teams. The team of leaders that run our… Continue reading

How Managers Become Leaders

Only 1 in 10 managers actually have the talent to manage. But lacing on leadership shoes is like discovering you’re lactose intolerant after devouring a container of ice cream. Leaders manage and managers… Continue reading

Don’t Release the Beast Between Your Ears: Focus Your Thoughts Instead

When the focus of your thoughts is you, the beast between your ears is choking you out. How many happy self-centered people do you know? Healthy selfishness: Our tendency to be selfish is… Continue reading

Forgiveness: The Invisible Derailer that Frustrates Leaders

Attitudes are invisible but they always show themselves somehow. Your attitude toward disappointment can make or break your leadership. The way you deal with disappointment is a lid or a platform. Stumbling toward… Continue reading

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