How to Multiply the Power of Grit Before You Crash and Burn

I’d rather work with persistent leaders than quitters. But grit crashes and burns if it can’t change direction. Persistence in a bad thing multiplies disappointment. What if it’s better to quit? Angela Duckworth… Continue reading

10 Things Leaders Never Say Unless They Want Trouble

What you do is more important than what you say, but stupid words erase right action. It doesn’t matter how skillful you are if you’re careless with words. Words are… Words are troublemakers.… Continue reading

Jerk-Holes are Better than Sugar Peeps

Jerk-Holes come in various shapes and sizes. It’s better to hear the truth from a jerk-hole than lead a meeting with your zipper down. Talented jerk-holes take you further than well-intentioned sugar peeps.… Continue reading

It Doesn’t Matter What You Do if You Get This Wrong

Doing the right thing doesn’t erase saying something stupid. “Watch your thoughts. They become words. Watch your words. They become deeds…” Frank Outlaw, late president of Bi-Lo Words are hinges between thought and… Continue reading

The 4 Unbreakable Rules of Giving Advice that People Actually Respect

Most advice-givers should be avoided. You’re good at telling people what you think. But you’re confused if you think giving advice is the same as telling people what you think. Skillful advice-givers accelerate… Continue reading

Three Ways to Fuel Energy and Stamina Today

Peter Drucker said, “So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.” I hope that’s not you. Successful managers and leaders don’t drain energy and stamina.… Continue reading