Tag Archive: leadership success

Bogus Self-Esteem and the Dangers of Shallow Praise

Whatever you do, don’t criticize or correct. You might damage someone’s self-esteem. (Sarcasm intended.) Bolstering, maintaining, and protecting self-esteem is the sacred cow of modern society. It’s a grievous evil to do anything… Continue reading

How to Look Smart When Seeking Advice

Don’t worry. You won’t look stupid if you seek advice. There’s wisdom in not-knowing. Ancient wisdom: Research agrees with ancient wisdom. Advice-seeking is smart. And it makes you look smart when done skillfully.… Continue reading

Holy Shift

You have a holy shift in your story. It happened when you realized you still had room to grow and more to learn. Humility and humiliation: “We learn about humility through humiliation.” Bill… Continue reading

4 Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

Growing up, I didn’t fail much. School was easy. I was good at sports. I hit a home-run my first at bat in Little League. I was taller than my peers. I felt… Continue reading

Michael Jackson on Leadership

If you think leading others is tough, try self-leadership. Bill George said, “The hardest person you will ever have to lead is yourself.” Self-leadership means: High standards. Expect more from yourself than you… Continue reading

What the CEO of Microsoft Pursues that Average Leaders Neglect

The difference between average leaders and exceptional leadership is heart. Heartless leaders are deformed beasts that excuse abuse in the name of results. Empathy: Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, pursues empathy. His pursuit… Continue reading