Emotion: What I Learned From Chasing Mom with a Plastic Bug

I chased mom around the house with a plastic bug when I was young and foolish. I laughed. She screamed. It was a short-term strategy. Emotion can’t tell truth from fantasy. Emotion, reality,… Continue reading

How Novices Contribute to a Team’s Success

Everyone on the team has experience leading, but one member doesn’t have technical knowledge. She was hired for character, attitude, and leadership skill. But she didn’t know anything about the technical aspects of… Continue reading

How to Defeat the Subtleties of Defensiveness

Defensiveness makes you a turtle or a tiger. Sometimes you hide your little turtle head. Other times you bare tiger teeth. Defensiveness is eagerness to feel criticized or attacked; an inclination to see… Continue reading

7 Ways Manipulators Get What They Want

We passively accept the manipulative lies advertisers use to get our money. “Open a Coke, open happiness.” “Wheaties, breakfast of champions.” “All Natural … All Burger” Carl’s Jr. with a naked woman eating… Continue reading

How to Stop Stumbling Aimlessly and Pull Purposefully

We don’t wake up thinking, “I want to live an inconsequential life.” But we don’t wake up thinking, “I want to live a meaningful life,” either. We simply wake up stumbling aimlessly from… Continue reading

7 Reasons You Need to Plan Less and Others Need to Plan More

Those who make the plan make the plan work. But when leaders make the plan, they encounter skepticism, reluctance or resistance. Tight fisted leaders – those who control all the plans – have… Continue reading