Creating passion with managed emotion

Passionate leaders are intensely focused on clear targets. Emotional leaders express unmanaged feelings that typically hinder progress and hamper relationships. Leaders need passion. On the other hand, unmanaged emotion is counterproductive. John Maxwell… Continue reading

In praise of systems

A system can be as simple as your Monday morning check list or the Tuesday afternoon team meeting. Managers build systems. On the other hand, leaders break systems. Personally, I don’t like systems.… Continue reading

Put the oxygen mask on you first

Flight attendants still tell you to put the oxygen mask on yourself before attempting to help others. If you don’t take care of yourself first, you become part of the problem rather than… Continue reading

Back June 1

For the international Leadership Freak community, it’s a holiday weekend in the US. Nothing special planned. Mostly, I’m not doing what I usually do. I look forward to catching up with everyone next… Continue reading

Heated passion or steady-calm

I’ve always leaned toward the passionate side of life. For example, debate energizes me. Public speaking excites me. Advocating for a compelling vision fires me up. I agree with those who say, “Passion… Continue reading

Rubbed the wrong way

Navigating relationships at work is challenging when people rub you the wrong way.  I’ve done my share of rubbing people the wrong way. Sometimes the irritation is my fault and other times it’s… Continue reading