The Surprising Secret to Getting Things Done

The secret to getting things done is only starting things you can finish. But that leaves little room for trying new things. Picky starters: The most surprising and helpful thing I’ve learned about… Continue reading

How to Succeed with Mules in a Beauty Pageant

Mules come in many forms. Some are loud, opinionated, and adversarial. A pleasant mule is stubborn in a beauty queen’s skin. Beauty queen mules are more dangerous than conspicuous resistance. You end up… Continue reading

How to Show Compassion and Get Results

Done poorly, compassion prolongs weakness, propagates irresponsibility, and validates destructive behaviors. Compassion, like all great virtues, requires insight to be practiced skillfully. People first: Compassion is a ‘people first’ approach to leadership. It’s… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: A Simple Strategy to Take Control of Your Future

Dear Dan, There are few things which look nice in theory but not in the real world, for example, “If you can’t say what you think, you can’t become who you were meant… Continue reading

The People Who Lead the Best Try the Least

Leaders work too hard at the skills of leadership and not hard enough at becoming themselves.   Genuine leadership: Real leaders change us effortlessly. Who they are influences us more than what they… Continue reading

The Real Truth About Encouragement

The wrong approach to empathy and encouragement validates poor performance, frustrates leaders, and hinders teams. Encouragement is better than empathy. Responsible failure calls for empathy and encouragement. Empathy feels good, but encouragement nudges… Continue reading