How to Rise Above Pessimism and Lead Optimistically

If you’re a pessimist, the only thing worse than dying young is living a long miserable life. Pessimistic leaders focus on faults and weaknesses. Success with people requires optimism. You choose: Think of… Continue reading

How to Move from Stupid to Smart when You’re Stressed

You do some of your old job and some managing too. It’s a pressure cooker of tasks and responsibilities. Stress isn’t all bad: No stress is boring. Reasonable doses of stress challenge you… Continue reading

Big Shot, Bureaucrat, or Servant Leader

The way you view yourself sets the trajectory of your leadership. You might pressure people into conformity, but that never wins hearts. You must choose between short-sighted coercion and servant leadership. Choose who… Continue reading

How to Listen – Best Tip Ever

If you think listening is easy, you aren’t doing it. Listening is hard: Listening is hard because some people can’t stop talking. Perhaps a talk-timer would help, like a chess timer with a… Continue reading

3 Ways Busy Leaders Master Connection

It’s not rude to yell, “Get out!” when the house is burning down. But when everything’s a crisis, you’re just a jerk running around with your hair on fire. Frantic busyness makes you… Continue reading

The 10 Commandments of Empowerment

Top-down empowerment programs reflect the reason they’re needed in the first place. Disconnected leaders develop ineffective empowerment programs in secluded conference rooms. There’s no power left for others when control is concentrated in… Continue reading