Category Archive: Taking others higher

6 Reasons Employees Don’t Talk to Their Managers

Employees talk more and managers talk less in successful one-on-ones. 6 reasons employees don’t talk to their managers: Cold professional culture. Caring happens outside work. Talkative managers. Curiosity about people is rare. Intimidating… Continue reading

Dependency as an Asset

An independent life is out of the question for anyone who aspires to lead. Success – in leadership – always depends on others. A central issue of leadership is how you deal with… Continue reading

Sincerity Doesn’t Erase Incompetence – How to Help

You sincerely want to help, but what if you employ strategies and habits that cause harm. Sincerity doesn’t erase incompetence. Portraits of lousy helpers: Overeager helper: When time allows, step back and let… Continue reading

Lessons in Leading-Up from a Two Year Old

Children develop leading-up skills at an early age. Most of them teach us things we shouldn’t do. Leading-up from a two-year-old’s perspective: Bargaining. “I’ll be good.” A two-year-old uses good performance as a… Continue reading

How to Send Signals that Enable Connection

Imagine you just met Wilma at a party. You’re shaking hands when she says, “I’m Wilma. I’m the CEO of Widgets Across America.” Choose to build trust rather than create distance.   Connect… Continue reading

The Choice That Makes You a Leader

Obsession with others is avoidance. I have many conversations with leaders. Sometimes those conversations begin by talking about disappointment in teammates or higher ups. It’s necessary to talk through frustrations. But conversations can’t… Continue reading