Category Archive: Mistakes

The Four Hardest Words You’ve Never Said

I had a sinking feeling when the radio interview was over. I’m always critical of my performance, but this time something didn’t feel right. Radio interviews are becoming common and I didn’t want… Continue reading

How to Connect Forgiveness and Accountability

Forgiveness determines the breadth, depth, and duration of all relationships. People disappoint. The more you expect from others the more likely you’ll feel disappointed. Don’t lower expectations. Elevate forgiveness. Unforgiveness: Leaders who can’t forgive… Continue reading

Be the Best – Prepare for the Worst

The thing that keeps you up at night is the crisis you can’t see coming. Successful leaders anticipate, identify, and solve crisis before it’s too late. Leaders become the best by preparing for… Continue reading

The Ten Principles of Permission-Giving

I’ve been asking permission all my life. I raised my hand, in first grade, to ask Mrs. Goodwin for permission to use the restroom. One finger meant I had one thing to do.… Continue reading

13 Ways to Pass the Squeeze Test

The people you serve evaluate you like a person buying bread. Do you pass the “squeeze test?” Ever have a bad boss who didn’t realize how bad they were? What if complaints about… Continue reading

16 Ways to Help Less

Help done poorly creates dependency. But, help withheld seems disconnected or cold. Leaders who say, “How can I help,” connect, change attitudes, and move agendas forward. But, help that weakens teams hurts organizations.… Continue reading