Category Archive: Decisions

Would Someone Please Make a Decision

The dictionary for leaders series landed on “D” this morning. Leaders make decisions. Frustrated readers complain about leaders who won’t make decisions. Effective decisions are tipping points where talk becomes action. Action creates responsibility.… Continue reading

How to Let Go and Hang On

“When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Maybe not! What if it’s time to let go? It takes more wisdom to let go than hang on. Desperation… Continue reading

10 Ways to Know it’s Safe to Not Play it Safe

Mr. Young Leader gave his first update on an overseas project to the organization. It was OK. He’ll do better next time. In our follow up conversation, he said, “I probably should have… 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

How to Have Fiery Meetings and Not Blow Up

The alternative to fiery meetings is assembling teams that see everything from the same perspective. Uncontested unanimity is feel-good mediocrity. 7 requirements for fiery meetings: Invite dynamic tensions on teams as long as… Trust… Continue reading

7 Ways to Break Destructive Patterns

Lousy leaders solve the same problems over and over. When problems feel familiar, negative patterns prevail. The real problem: The difference between success and failure is how quickly you see and deal with… Continue reading