How to Navigate Weakness on Your Team

It’s not the work; it’s the people that drive you crazy. Love and hate at work: You love working with the people on your team. BUT there are a few things that drive… Continue reading

How to Ignite Fire in Others

We spent time on the Maine coast in a rustic cabin this summer. Even though it was July, one morning was cool enough to start a fire. Actually, I attempted to start a… Continue reading

How Humility Serves You Well

I sent the following text message to a leader I’m mentoring. He’s scheduled for a job interview and I thought I’d give him something to think about. “I wonder what humility looks like… Continue reading

How to Survive and Thrive in Imperfect Organizations

You’re surrounded by imperfection. Everyone has a handful of strengths and a bucketful of weaknesses. If strengths smelled like warm cookies and weaknesses smelled like wet dog, everyone would stink. Overcome frustration with… Continue reading

The Ultimate Pursuit of Leadership isn’t Success

The ultimate pursuit of leadership is humility, not success. The more I think about humility, the less I know about it. The more I pursue humility, the more it escapes my grasp. Everything… Continue reading

The Secret to Bringing Out the Best in Others

Support too little and challenge too much – you kick butt. People are stressed and discouraged. Challenge too little and support too much – you coddle. People are comfortable and sleepy. The secret… Continue reading