Pessimists are Almost Right

Pessimistic leaders are almost right. They say, “I’m not a pessimist. I’m a realist.” Research shows that those who tip slightly toward pessimism have the clearest view of reality.* Optimists overestimate a bright… Continue reading

How to Confront Situations You Should Have Dealt with Sooner

If you think it’s difficult to have a tough conversation today, waiting makes it worse. Time makes elephants fat, complacent, and harder to confront. Patience: It’s not patient to tolerate poor performance. It’s… Continue reading

Succeeding with the Thin Line Between Stubborn and Persistent

There’s a thin line between stubborn and persistent. Successful leaders make decisions quickly* and change their mind reluctantly. But stubbornness refuses to consider alternatives. Stubbornness makes decisiveness a disaster. But success requires persistence.… Continue reading

How to Make Peace with that Negative Voice in Your Head

Maybe you should stop fighting your inner critic. Hug her. Take him to coffee. Your inner critic speaks the truth he sees. Sometimes he’s right. We start talking to ourselves as soon as… Continue reading

Pigs Don’t Lay Eggs but Leadership is Intervention

Apart from intervention, the past is the future. Past performance reflects future accomplishment. Past attitudes predict future interactions. Leadership is intervention. Intervention is: Disruption…Interruption…Interference. Intervention is making failure less likely and success more… Continue reading

Recommended Summer Reads for Leadership Freaks

The thing I love about good books is they help me think my own thoughts. Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman If you read one book this summer, read Thinking, Fast and… Continue reading