Category Archive: Appreciation

Leadership Sherlocking

The last time you heard, “Got a minute,” it took an hour and you nearly got fired. Magnifying glasses come out when things goes wrong. Sherlocking what’s wrong: Leaders become Sherlock Holmes when things… Continue reading

How to Lead Like Ellen DeGeneres

Negative focus creates negative environments. But, successful leaders build energizing environments. Your primary influence is the environment you create.”  Peter Senge Lead like a comedian: Comedians influence others. Leadership is influence. Learn about… Continue reading

4 Things to Do When You Feel Unappreciated

It’s a cruel, cruel world. Most of the appreciation you receive in life happens when you’re young and incompetent or after you’re dead. In between, you have a measure of competence and you’re… Continue reading

Servant not Slave

*** Leaders serve. They aren’t slaves. Slaves are owned, oppressed, and abused. Servant leadership has nothing to do with slavery. Servant leadership: Servant leaders make life better for others. Influence is portional to… Continue reading

The Five Freedoms of Gratitude

Ingratitude is weak, small, ugly, arrogant, and contagious. Unthankful leaders repel healthy followers and attract the ungrateful. “Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.” Immanuel Kant Companions of ingratitude: Fear. Entitlement. Envy. Blame. Anger.… Continue reading

Why Precious Leaders Fail

Gollum, in The Hobbit, referred to himself as “My Precious.” Preciousness turns leaders into self-consumed beasts. The only one: Direct reports don’t understand the pressures squeezing you. The board doesn’t appreciate tensions between… Continue reading