The Three Dumbest Things Leaders Do When Things are Going Well

Play to win or get out of the way. Successful leaders focus on success. Progress, momentum, and growth are precious things. Fuel them with all you have in you.   The three dumbest… Continue reading

How to Accept Imperfection Like a Leader

If I could begin my leadership journey again, I’d accept imperfection. Leadership begins after you accept imperfection. If I could take back the time I wasted on searching for perfection – before I… Continue reading

Work with True Believers – Smile and Ignore the Rest

Someone who doesn’t believe in your vision never helps you achieve it.  Unbelievers: Don’t waste time convincing unbelievers to support an effort they understand, but don’t believe in.  Work with true believers. Encourage… Continue reading

How to Inspire Teams to Pull Together Rather than Fall Apart

I asked a group to talk about a time when they saw an organization pulling together. They talked about shared problems and crisis. Give people a shared problem if you want them to pull… Continue reading

The Butterfly Dust Incident

He looked up from the back deck and said he was going to fly. “How are you going to do that?” his mom asked. “I rubbed the dust from a butterfly’s wings on… Continue reading

How to use Caution Like a Leader and Act with Discreet Boldness

Do something where failure matters. Too much caution results in inactive leadership. All leadership requires action. When I ask experienced leaders what they would do differently, they often say they would take more… Continue reading