Tag Archive: courageous leaders

Three C’s for Listening Like a Leader

Listening is a vast ocean surrounded by empty beaches. I’ve been paying attention to listening, both my own and others. You’re more likely to meet a red-crested tree rat* than to meet someone… Continue reading

4 Principles of Responsible Boldness

Timid action insults your future. But in some organizations, boldness is perilous. 5 signs it’s perilous to be bold: Upper management believes the status quo is daring. Everyone colors within the lines. Responsible… Continue reading

How Contingency Plans Cause People to Perform Worse and Try Less

Will Smith said, “There is no reason to have plan “B” because it distracts from plan “A”. Jihae Shin and Katherine Milkman, from Wharton School research found that merely thinking about a backup… Continue reading

How Much Ween Do You Need

The word “overweening” came to mind this morning. I pronounced the “ween” with a whine. Overweeeeening! Now it’s stuck in my head. Merriam-webster.com says overweening is too confident. I suppose we need just… Continue reading


My habit is to quickly get to a substantive topic, even if I don’t know you. It lets people know that I have meaningful conversations. It’s who I am and what I do.… Continue reading

Pigs Don’t Lay Eggs but Leadership is Intervention

Apart from intervention, the past is the future. Past performance reflects future accomplishment. Past attitudes predict future interactions. Leadership is intervention. Intervention is: Disruption…Interruption…Interference. Intervention is making failure less likely and success more… Continue reading