Category Archive: Influence

The Six Rules of Office Politics

An adversarial relationship with a skilled office politician destroys opportunities. It could end your career. You despise their shenanigans, but unless you have authority to deal with them, learn to get along. ***… Continue reading

Unlock Relationships that Transform Leadership

I knew too much when I was younger. Now that I’m older, I have the same problem. But, the thing that most expands leadership is the belief that we don’t know. Those who… Continue reading

Three Ways to Stop Being a Doormat

What do you call someone who keeps on giving but doesn’t receive? A doormat. Lead with generosity but reject abuse. One-way relationships indicate disrespect. First-time managers, who are kind and sincere, are most… Continue reading

5 Feelings that Signal Failure is Near

Excellence is war. Business as usual means mediocrity prevails. It’s one thing to pursue excellence as an individual. But, how can leaders make the pursuit of excellence a matter of culture? “Scaling Up… Continue reading

8 Powerful Ways to Inspire Courage in Others

Leaders who don’t feel fear are oblivious to the challenges of leadership. Leadership of any consequence takes courage. Be afraid of leaders who aren’t afraid. The past is the future, apart from the courage… Continue reading


Few things sting more than the sting of disrespect. Put-downs are nothing more than disrespect. Facebook fans filled in the blank: I feel disrespected when ______. Someone looks at their phone or computer… Continue reading