12 Ways to Express Remarkable Boldness

Don’t admire babies in adult bodies who get what they want by throwing their weight around. You might look at them and wish you had more boldness. Don’t. Juvenile leaders boldly demand that others… Continue reading

Seven Ways to Get Smarter

Given my druthers, I’d choose smart over dumb. Sadly, all of us do things that prolong dumbness. 4 qualities of smart leaders who stay dumb: Persistence: Staying dumb requires persistence. Growing smarter requires change. Dumb… Continue reading

The First Secret of Developing a Leader

It hit me on the way home that I said the wrong thing. I stood and embraced Jack when he walked into the coffee shop where I was meeting with a young leader.… Continue reading

Receiving the 12 Gifts of Problems

Successful leaders run toward problems, not away. If you want to lead, solve a problem, the bigger the better. Problems come bearing gifts, if you can receive them. 12 Gifts: Handled well, problems:… Continue reading

10 Ways to Create a Sense of Ownership

“Act like you own the place,” is a silly slogan when people are treated like expendable cogs in machines. Hypocritical leaders expect people to act like owners while being treated like employees. Everyone knows its… Continue reading

How the “Bring a Solution” Rule Backfires

The “bring a solution” rule is leadership’s strategy for dealing with complainers. Don’t bring up a problem without bringing a solution also. Smart leaders ask for two or three options. The “bring a… Continue reading