Category Archive: Listening

Five Leadership Resolutions for 2014

A history of failure prevents you from making New Years resolutions. You fell short last time. Why try again? What’s the point? One friend said, “The only resolution I’ve kept is the one… Continue reading

How to be Assertive Not Pushy

Pushy people want what they want regardless of how you feel. You have pushy-jerk radar that tells you to resist, protect, hold back, or attack. You put up with pushy people because you’re… Continue reading

How to Rise Above Butterfly Conversations

I hate wasting time in conversations that bounce around and never arrive. Talk – for the sake of talk – is for Saturday morning coffee with friends. But, successful leaders itch for next steps… Continue reading

How Leaders Dilute Their Impact

Image source Brevity increases impact. The Gettysburg address had 267 words, give or take a couple. 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke for about 16 minutes. Who doesn’t remember, “I have… Continue reading

How to Stay Focused and Flexible

Navigating the tension between two contrasting qualities takes maturity. Leaders tend to be tenacious or kind, for example, but not both. Either/or is easier than both/and. The ability to be two things at the same… Continue reading

How to Rise Above “I’ll do it Myself”

Individual contributors have impact by getting things done. Leaders have exponential impact by getting things done through others. But, it often feels easier to do it yourself. Five reasons it’s easier to do… Continue reading