Category Archive: Influence

7 Ways to Solve the Sour Puss Problem

Anyone can be a sour puss. Some leaders are just too important to smile. Sad faces don’t inspire confidence. Successful leaders smile even while facing serious challenges. Sad leaders are: Self-important. Isolated. Power hungry.… Continue reading

7 Steps to Becoming a Leadership Hit Squad

Capable people, who walk in the shadows, represent wasted, untapped potential. Leadership hit squads target the overlooked and under-utilized for greater more fulfilling involvement. The target for leaders is developing leaders. Targeting: First, have “good” gossip sessions… Continue reading

The Leadership Freak Code of Leadership

Leaders without a code follow the course of least resistance. Life becomes unstable, stressful, and frustrating. Leaders without guiding principles are undependable followers. Power: Your leadership code is the foundation of decision making. Guiding principles… Continue reading

Don’t Spank the Gorilla

Don’t expect the gorilla to cooperate if you’re spanking him. Insults don’t enhance influence. You can’t antagonize and influence at the same time. The teammate you’re complaining about was hired by the person… 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

Secrets to Great Presentations

Leaders who present well, extend their influence, broaden their impact, and advance their careers. Great talkers have an advantage. Two questions: Ask the most important question presenters forget to ask. How do you… Continue reading