Category Archive: Failure

How to Lead with Compassion but Not Be a Pushover

Compassion goes wrong when it goes too far. Too much compassion prolongs helplessness, failure, and mediocrity. Compassion done well fuels confidence, excellence, and success. Organizations without compassion are fear-filled, ugly places to work.… Continue reading

10 Ways to Reject Bad Failure and Embrace Good

Some types of failure should be tolerated, even welcomed; other types should be rejected completely. Failure is good when you’re better for it and others don’t pay too high a price. Fruitless failure:… Continue reading

4 Ways to Deal with what Really Drives Leaders Crazy

Patterns, not isolated incidents, drive you crazy. Three missed deadlines are worse than one. But, it’s likely you overreacted to the last occurance, if you didn’t respond to the first. Leaders who avoid… Continue reading

7 Questions that Confront Paralysis

The status quo makes sense to the fearful. The nobility of leadership is taking action for the good of others. Successful leaders fight through cluttered thinking and excuse-making to find reasonable action. It… Continue reading

Nuke Plan “B”

You don’t need more options. Options distract focus, drain energy, and paralyze progress. Life is richer when failure matters. Vibrancy results from courageously choosing a path and closing the door on the rest.… 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