Category Archive: Criticism

You didn’t Mean to Upset Anyone

You didn’t mean to make them mad, but they are. You were just trying to make things better. Its the absolute worst when doing your best upsets others. Fasten your seat-belt. It happens all… Continue reading

Pat on the Back or Kick in the Pants

Some people respond well to a pat on the back, others to a kick in the pants. Mary practically ignores, “The way you handled Bob’s objection was beautiful.” But, she lights up and leans… Continue reading

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

When “But” Makes you a Sphincter-Leader

Sphincter-leaders unwittingly throw cold water on enthusiasm. A happy employee catches you in the hall. “Project ‘A’ is going well,” they report. It’s obvious they feel good. You’re a sphincter-leader when you say,… Continue reading

7 Forward-Facing Questions to Evaluate the Past

Past tense leaders don’t clarify results or methods, before you take action. But, when it’s over, they critique and tweak what you did. Lousy leaders are wise after the fact. Correcting the past:… Continue reading

4 Ways to Stir the Pot and Not Get Burned

Leaders stir pots. But, you’re an irritating trouble maker, if all you do is stir. Stir the pot, too often, and you’ll end up burned. A leader without relationships is an individual contributor. Develop… Continue reading