Category Archive: Motivation

Why My Wife Swats Flies before Riding Bulls

My wife and I joke that she can’t walk out of the house without emptying the dishwasher. She takes care of small things before tackling big. Detail-people swats flies before riding bulls. Flies distract. Swatting flies… Continue reading

7 Ways to Succeed at Telling People What to Do

Being told what to do eliminates ambiguity, uncertainty, and confusion. When I travel, I’m often told where to go, who to meet, what time to be there. Before going on stage, for example,… Continue reading

Junk Food Motivation

Fear, pressure, coercion, rewards, or nagging get results but undermine leadership. Threats or bribes motivate conformity. Like junk food, they feel good going down but cause regret later. “You cannot be intrinsically and… Continue reading

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