Category Archive: Leading

Receiving the 12 Gifts of Problems

Successful leaders run toward problems, not away. If you want to lead, solve a problem, the bigger the better. Problems come bearing gifts, if you can receive them. 12 Gifts: Handled well, problems:… Continue reading

How the “Bring a Solution” Rule Backfires

The “bring a solution” rule is leadership’s strategy for dealing with complainers. Don’t bring up a problem without bringing a solution also. Smart leaders ask for two or three options. The “bring a… 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

Authenticity: 7 Ways to Navigate Self-Doubt

Developing skills – when you’re empty on the inside – destroys you, especially if you succeed. Empty leaders lose themselves to skills, methods, and strategies. Teach how to be, before teaching what to do.     Arrogance… Continue reading

How to Cut Your Losses and Move On

Trajectory predicts the future. Minimize the negative impact of laggards by managing them up or out. Give employees on the rise freedom, opportunity, authority, and position. Experience suggests you have, on average, a… Continue reading

How to Motivate Others to Commit

Frustrated leaders ask, “How can I convince others to do what I want them to do?” Why is commitment so low? Reluctance: Reluctance to commit is natural and healthy. Overcoming reluctance is part… Continue reading