Category Archive: Encouragement

Top 10 Ways to be Tough

The temptation to turn back whispers when progress is slow, you feel alone, or you’re unappreciated. If leadership was easy, more people would do it.   Meaningful achievement always requires resilience. Temptation to… Continue reading

How to Change Lives with Two Words

Tell people they’re inadequate long enough and they’ll believe it. Undermine their confidence with constant correction, tweaking, and complaints and they’ll pull back. Fill people with confidence and they’ll act with boldness. Believe:… Continue reading

7 Ways to Survive Dissatisfaction

The trouble with wanting more is disappointment with what you have and frustration with what you don’t have. How you deal with lack of resources and falling short determines the direction and quality of… 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

Authenticity: 7 Ways to Navigate Self-Doubt

Developing skills – when you’re empty on the inside – destroys you, especially if you succeed. Empty leaders lose themselves to skills, methods, and strategies. Teach how to be, before teaching what to do.     Arrogance… 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