12 Questions that Expose the Real Problem

The real problem is the pattern. Pattern recognition is the issue when the same problem keeps coming back. 12 questions to expose destructive patterns: What do others say to you that you repeatedly… Continue reading

Seven Tips to Avoid Being Controlled by Manipulators

Leaders who repeatedly complain about the same issue want affirmation, not resolution. Every suggestion you offer to a manipulator is inadequate. Never take up the sword for someone who’s standing on the sideline.… Continue reading

5 Powerful Strategies that Strengthen Teams

Discouraged people have hearts like water and knees like butter. The ability to rise is about you, not the challenge. 7 causes of discouragement: Hard work with no or slow progress. Disappointed expectation.… Continue reading

3 Lessons From Eeyore on Cheering Up

It’s dreary here. February and March are cruel in Pennsylvania. I recently talked with a friend in New Zealand. It’s late summer there. But it’s late winter here and it’s been cloudy since… Continue reading

Neglected Realities: The Dog Ate Part of Your Puzzle

The games you play to be a “good” leader cause disappointment and frustration. The real you is all you have to give. 2 neglected realities of leadership: #1. Pieces are missing from your… Continue reading

Quick Strategies to Energize One-On-Ones

You don’t have time to waste AND your team members need time with you. Successful one-on-ones: #1. Give your full attention: Hide your cell phone. Put your computer to sleep. Distraction is disrespect.… Continue reading