Category Archive: vulnerability

Transparency and Vulnerability – 4 Ways to Let Yourself be Seen without Oversharing

You might enjoy anonymity and mask-wearing. But high-impact leaders let themselves be seen. Letting yourself be seen might be one of the hardest things you do. I remember hearing Patrick Lencioni say, “I… Continue reading

The Most Neglected and Misunderstood Tool of Leadership

Your most powerful tool of influence isn’t a strategy or technique. It’s a person. Your most powerful tool of influence is you. Brene’ Brown, author of, Daring Greatly, writes, “We must dare to show… Continue reading

Cows and New Gates – The Power of Unspoken Permission

The boss cow has a long line of cows behind her when they head to the barn. The grass wears away and a narrow cow sidewalk hardens under their hooves because they follow… Continue reading

Limits to Transparency – Don’t Forget to Close the Bathroom Door

Transparency enables and strengthens connection and trust. But everything doesn’t need to be known or shown. Close the door on oversharing: If you’re the boss… #1. Don’t show your scar. I remember visiting… Continue reading

Dear Dan: Contacting Laid off Employees will Be Patronizing

My recommendation to keep in contact with laid off employees elicited the following response. “Do you think contacting people and asking them how they are doing while they are laid off will be… Continue reading

The Hot Iron Effect: How to Learn From Negative Experience

Melted synthetics cling to the bottom of some hotel irons. When the iron gets hot, the residue stains your clothes. I learned this the hard way. My experience with irons also taught me… Continue reading