A 3 Step Conversation Starter for Dynamic Teams

75% of cross-functional teams are dysfunctional. (Tabrizi) (Any team that has members from different departments is cross-functional. If marketing and production are present, for example, your team is cross-functional.)   7 challenges of… Continue reading

4 Ways to Get the Most From a Dangerous Emotion

Anger is fascinating, not because it’s good, because it’s useful. “Managing anger effectively motivates individuals to adopt effective assertive skills and leads to an increase in life expectancy.”* You can’t deal with something… Continue reading

Three Surprising Benefits of Making a Commitment

A leader who’s reluctant to commitment respects the value of commitments. But remarkable success demands commitment. Reluctance to commit is natural. Refusal to commit is deadly. Leaders who excel make courageous commitments.  Half-hearted… Continue reading

How to Overcome the Frustrations of Collaboration

It seems faster to make decisions on your own, especially when others don’t think like you. It’s simpler to give direction and expect obedience, than to endure the messy work of collaboration. The… Continue reading

7 Boring Things Successful Leaders Do That Failing Leaders Neglect

I asked the mechanic if they rotated the tires on my vehicle. Tire rotation is included in the price of an oil change. His report was, “Your tires look great. The technician didn’t… Continue reading

4 Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

Growing up, I didn’t fail much. School was easy. I was good at sports. I hit a home-run my first at bat in Little League. I was taller than my peers. I felt… Continue reading