Tag Archive: wise leaders

When You Mean Well, But Put Your Foot in Your Mouth

Dunkin’ Donuts is a comfort to me when I travel. When I see a Dunkin’, I think everything is going to be OK. It’s not that I eat donuts. I eat a bagel… Continue reading

Buddha, Jesus and Confusion about Sagacity

Your image of a sage might include white robes, long beards, and sitting cross-legged under a tree. Confusion blocks your path and limits your impact. Buddha, Jesus and confusion about sagacity: Did the… Continue reading

3 Things a Sage Always Avoids

Sometimes being a sage is about what you DON’T do. #1. Don’t cast pearls before pigs. Never treat unmotivated learners the same as motivated. Hunger motivates pigs to seek food, but when their… 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

What I Learned from a Week of Advice-Seeking

Those eager to give advice may not know what the heck they’re talking about. The trouble with receiving advice is YOU didn’t think of it. That makes you skeptical. It means you’re reluctant… Continue reading

Praise, Ability, and Sucking the Life out of People

Praise is informed by the maturity and ability of those being praised. Shoe tying: Imagine little Mary successfully tying her shoe for the first time. Filled with pride, she parades her shoe tying… Continue reading