Tag Archive: Growth

How to Stop Defending What isn’t Working

We have the astonishing capacity to vigorously defend what isn’t working. When this happens, we eventually blame others for nagging issues. After all, someone has to be responsible for these frustrations. Four steps on… Continue reading

When Silence is Painful, Not Golden

Failure to bring up disappointing performance is cruel, not compassionate. Apart from intervention, negative trajectory accelerates.   When silence is painful, not golden: Silence when performance disappoints prolongs pain, increases stress, and affirms… Continue reading

How to Set Soft Goals and Measure Soft Results

Achieving results is a walk in the park compared to navigating the fuzzy side of leadership. Measuring success is even more difficult. The soft stuff: Building relationships. Managing energy. Staying curious. Technical skills… Continue reading

How to be the Leader who Gets Novices to Step Up

Challenge people to do things they never thought they could do. #1. Relationship: Caring relationship is the environment of growth. Find things to like about the people around you. Don’t let dissatisfaction with… Continue reading

10 Ways to Win with Ambition and Not Contaminate Relationships

It’s not necessary to have ambition. It’s just unusual when leaders don’t have it. You’re better off acknowledging ambition than pretending you’re above it. Blind ambition: I know a leader who lost an… Continue reading

10 Ways to Protect Relationships and Avoid Bleeding Out for Your Organization

The higher you go, the more likely you’ll bleed out for your organization.  You’ll come to hate the job you love, if you never turn off work. Surprise: Sooner or later some ‘unqualified’… Continue reading