Category Archive: Motivation

Maximize a Racehorse Without Getting Trampled

Incompetent leaders hire for fire and spend most of their time putting it out. Racehorses are fun to watch and dangerous to manage. Racehorses irritate the heck out of plow horses. Racehorses are flashy glory hounds who quit too soon… Continue reading

A Simple Strategy to Re-Energize Others

I thought I knew him pretty well. That’s the problem. I thought I knew him. I’m disappointed in myself. I should have known him better. Frankly, I pride myself in seeing and respecting… Continue reading

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