The Plate-Drop Challenge: How to Respond to Failure

The only way to learn how many plates you can spin is to break some plates. The question of capacity guarantees failure. T.S. Eliot said, “Only those who will risk going too far… Continue reading

The Hot Iron Effect: How to Learn From Negative Experience

Melted synthetics cling to the bottom of some hotel irons. When the iron gets hot, the residue stains your clothes. I learned this the hard way. My experience with irons also taught me… Continue reading

Rocks in Your Pockets: Drop the Weight that Holds You Back

In the days before tractors, farmers picked rocks to make New England soil tillable. They used the stones to build nearly 260,000 miles of stone walls that still divide many fields. Books celebrate… Continue reading

5 Powerful Amplifiers of Influence

The channel of compliance is power. The channel of influence is relationship. The people around us seep into our lives. I asked people to finish a sentence like, “My mom is reflected in… Continue reading

Complaints Kids Make about Mom and We Make about Managers

The hardest part of having a mom is coming to grips with her frailties and mistakes. Kid complaints about mom: You won’t let me do anything. You don’t love me. You’re mean. Nothing… Continue reading

The Power of Mother-Leader

I’ve been asking people to complete this sentence. “My mom is reflected in my life when I ….” (You can add a bit of explanation.) If leadership is influence, mother is the first… Continue reading