Category Archive: Taking others higher

How to Practice Ethical Buttering Up

Butter is the reason we eat popcorn. Broccoli is intolerable without butter. In our house we put butter on peanut butter sandwiches.  Everything’s better with butter. (Except watermelon.) Buttering up: Buttering up is… Continue reading

Why Performance Declines After Praise

Generally speaking, it’s better to praise someone for not smoking than warning them about lung cancer. But we typically default to warnings. When you see a friend smoking, what’s the first thing you… Continue reading

Skin Bags with No Heart

It’s hypocritical that we preach about purpose and authenticity and spend so much time worshipping ‘successful’ leaders. Questions reveal priorities. Most questions you hear focus on HOW to solve pressing concerns. How do… Continue reading

How to Rise Above Fault Finding and Energize Your Team

You don’t think of yourself as a fault-finder, but what if you track your thoughts and language for an hour? What’s your attitude about others right now? Yourself? Fault-finders build insecure teams. You’re… Continue reading

A Powerful Project that Enhances Authenticity and Fuels Energy

85% are not self-aware.* Your stories show YOU who you are. A story: Recently, I taught a group of leaders how to energize team members by listening to stories. During the session a… Continue reading

7 Ways to Know a Team Member is Ready to Stretch

Don’t coddle your team. Trust their ability to grow into new skills and responsibilities. Protecting people from challenges propagates dependence and sends the subtle signal that you don’t believe they will rise up.… Continue reading