Category Archive: vulnerability

Surgery Without Anesthesia

“My husband says a conversation with Dan is like surgery without anesthesia.” (During a birthday party for a long-time coaching client.) People don’t tell leaders the truth. They imagine what you want to… Continue reading

The Four Powers of Courageous Leaders

The courage of leadership is seldom seen and never understood by those who choose safety over adventure. Real courage is a decision made without fanfare. Courageous leadership is the power to: #1. Live… Continue reading

Hugging in the Men’s Room

Corporate life is dead because there’s no heart. I scrambled for something to do when he said, “My son committed suicide two years ago.” We were standing in the men’s room.   The… Continue reading

How to Avoid Distraction and Focus on Real Issues

Mary* approached, after a recent presentation and said, “I wanted to hear more about dealing with your inner critic.” She could have said: You should talk more about managing your inner critic. Why… Continue reading

I’m Successful Because I’ve Been Wrong

A leader explained, “One reason I’ve been successful this year is I’ve been wrong a lot.” One of the best ways to expand your leadership is by be wrong publicly. When was the… Continue reading

7 Powers of Vulnerability

Patrick Lencioni said, “I don’t think a leader can be too vulnerable.” It still freaks me out. But the ability to connect, influence, and inspire requires vulnerability. If others play it safe, lack… Continue reading