Category Archive: Fear

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

What Matters Now

A million small things call you away from what matters now. We sell ourselves to the “devil of busyness” because it’s easier than doing what matters now.  Busyness is an excuse to avoid… 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

7 Ways to Deal with “Rigid Inflexibles”

We had an inflexible support-person, where I worked years ago, who freaked out at the hint of change. The guy who I replaced in the organization told me she was satan. She felt… Continue reading

12 Ways to Express Remarkable Boldness

Don’t admire babies in adult bodies who get what they want by throwing their weight around. You might look at them and wish you had more boldness. Don’t. Juvenile leaders boldly demand that others… 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