The Power of the Weak

Power silences dissent. But uncontested decisions are weak. People nod when they disagree to put food on their table until organizational cupboards are bare. That’s what happened to Ford Motor Company a few… Continue reading

4 Signs You Lack Executive Presence and How to Earn it Back

This guest post is written by Joel Garfinkle, the author of Executive Presence: Step Into Your Power, Convey Confidence, & Lead With Conviction. Executive presence is an elusive quality. When it’s lacking, you… Continue reading

3 Ways to Listen to Complainers

People want to pour crap in your ears especially if you’re a new boss. Gullible leaders fall prey to complainers. Manipulators gripe to get what they want. People maneuver you into sympathy for… Continue reading

5 Ways to Expose Your Inner Critic

Don’t ignore a loud inner critic. You talk to yourself constantly. It’s often ugly. Leaders overthink, second guess, and criticize themselves. Your worst enemy doesn’t berate you like your own inner voice. Your… Continue reading

2023 Will Be a Success If

A friend asked me to complete the following sentence. “2023 will be a success if _______.” (He included “in my opinion” which released pressure.) New Year’s resolutions are a waste of time. Clarify… Continue reading

Happy New Year 2023

I posted a few articles in December of 2009, but began writing Leadership Freak in earnest January 2010. Since then, I’ve typed over 1.2 million words and posted over 4,000 articles. How did… Continue reading