Category Archive: Motivation

4 Powerful Responses to Resistance

One of my embarrassing leadership blunders was allowing passion and vision to blind me to the interests of others. You either agreed with me or you were a roadblock. Sadly, my strategy was… 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

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

How to Turn Frustration into Positive Direction

Frustration is unrealized potential. Frustration drives ineffective leaders backward, inward, and downward. Backward facing frustration reacts against an unsatisfying past. Top leaders disappointed. Results fell short. Teammates hung you out to dry. Progress… Continue reading

15 Ways to Generate Urgency Now

Failure is the result of lack of urgency. Comfortable rhythms set-in. People wander toward fuzzy goals. Focus becomes drifting. Complacency drives real leaders crazy. Goals without urgency are fantasies. 15 indicators urgency has… Continue reading

5 Ways to Find the Worm

If the people you push felt powerful, they’d reject you. In their hearts they already do. Pushing people isn’t leadership. Sometimes people need a swift kick in the pants. But, kicking, pushing, pressuring,… Continue reading