Category Archive: Failure

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

3 Ways to be the One Others Love on their Team

Frustration with people must be the number one frustration in organizational life. Wrong teammates distract, drain, and hobble. People, not work, make organizational life misery or joy. Success on teams often determines career… Continue reading

7 Ways to Push Through Thorny Issues

Thorny issues always get worse when unattended. Inevitably, you tumble into disappointing results, heated confrontation, broken relationships, or fatalistic resignation. Thorny issues are pivotal moments that confirm, confront, or establish trajectory. There is no arrival only… Continue reading

Make Mistakes – Avoid Screw Ups

Anyone who says mistakes are no big deal needs an attitude adjustment. When you celebrate the wrong mistake it’s a screw up. The way you handle mistakes makes or breaks leadership. Positive mistakes:… 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 Assuming the Best is the Worst

Assume the best about others until history says assume the worst. Believe history not hope. Before you go with the hope that they’ll pull through, ask yourself, what’s changed since the last time… Continue reading