Inspiration from Automated Messages, Playful Competition, and High Fives

Don’t tell anyone. But last night I trotted around our house so I could see an automated message from my Fitbit.  Automated messages motivate. If you asked what I was doing, I’d say,… Continue reading

The Feeling of an Organization is Leadership’s Responsibility

The feeling of an organization is leadership’s responsibility. Left to chance, the lights go out. Organizational morale evaluates leadership. I’ve seen people smile, wave, and shout, “Hey,” when leaders walk through a plant.… Continue reading

Feedback Conversations Start in Your Head

Feedback conversations begin with the conversation you have with yourself. You’ve been playing scenarios out in your head since you decided to give corrective feedback. Develop a positive attitude and proactive posture before… Continue reading

50% of Your Emotional Vocabulary is Negative

It’s easy to slip into the dark while grappling with performance issues and people problems. Nagging problems corrode optimism. Capacity for negative: Leaders have opportunity and capacity to become negative. Some have inclination.… Continue reading

A Pre-Feedback Worksheet: From Finding Fault to Useful Feedback

Fault-finding is an island of security for incompetent leaders. Feedback launches into the deep. Fault-finding makes: Weak leaders feel powerful. Dumb leaders feel smart.  Unworthy leaders feel deserving. Small leaders feel big. Insecure… Continue reading

How to Fight for Bright and Win

You’re always thinking about something. Often it’s negative. Dark is magnetic for at least three reasons: First, it’s likely you have a loud inner critic. Additionally, Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentimihalyi says, “… worrying is… Continue reading