Category Archive: Encouragement

10 Ways to Maximize Bad Experiences

A young leader writes, “How do you recover from bad experiences with leadership in a previous job, and from having trust in leadership demolished as a result?” The value of trust is seen… Continue reading

17 Ways to Meet Tomorrow’s Challenges

It’s Sunday afternoon. While others are relaxing, Monday weighs on your mind. You’re preparing to meet the problems, opportunities, issues, and challenges waiting on your desk. Most leadership conversations involve: Someone needing something. Tensions… Continue reading

Stop Encouraging Discouraged Team Members

It’s easy to ignore motivated team members. They don’t need encouragement. Eventually, everyone’s tank runs dry. Discouragement is natural, normal, and inevitable. Why wait for it to happen? *** Successful leaders fuel fires… 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

15 Ways to Help Without Getting in the Way

Helping done poorly is destructive. The need to help says more about your needs than theirs. 3 UN-helpful reasons you feel the need to help: Feel important. Elevate status. Look smart. 6 unhelpful… Continue reading

10 Ways to Listen to the Black Dog

Bob Sutton gave me permission to be self-critical. He didn’t intend to, but, I felt great about being hard on myself, after we hung up. We were talking about his new book, “Scaling… Continue reading