Tag Archive: organizational success

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

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

How to Discover and Leverage the Value You Bring

Know the value you bring. Find a situation where others value the value you bring and bring it. If you want to bring your value, explore the value you currently bring to others.… Continue reading

The Danger of Public Criticism and the Power of Social Confirmation

I was greeting audience members before a presentation when one asked, “What makes you qualified to give this presentation?” “Thanks for asking,” is my typical response when I need a second to think.… Continue reading

When to Give Second Chances and When to Cut Someone Loose

Second chances are endorsements. Second chances are investments of personal collateral. Second chances strengthen relationships. Leaders – who don’t give second chances – waste potential. But give no patience to people who don’t… Continue reading

How to Respond to a Pestering Nagging Boss

I always hated people checking up on me. I felt insulted. I thought: Leave me alone. Get off my back. Mind your own business. Don’t you trust me? Have I disappointed you in… Continue reading