Category Archive: Optimism

How Positive Thinking Really Works

I start feeling negative when I hear, “Stop thinking negative thoughts.” Positive thinking is important. Successful leaders are optimistic about success. But, positive thinking that results in fantasies about easy success are ridiculous. If success… Continue reading

How to Develop the People You Really Want

Leaders who neglect people seldom get what they really want. Three essentials for skillful leaders: Produce useful results. Build relationships. Strengthen culture. Successful leaders do all three at the same time – all… Continue reading

How to Be the First to Know Not the Last

By the time you hear about an issue it’s nearly volcanic. It could have been easily managed last month. Now heads are on fire and teams are exploding. In the dark and out of… Continue reading

The Secret to Expanding Influence by Wooing Hearts

Leaders without influence are followers. The ability to woo hearts begins with belief. They believe because you believe. During our interview, Kip Tindell preached a message he’s preached thousands of times.  If I… Continue reading

10 ways to Enhance Charisma

Admiration converts to influence. Charismatic leaders achieve results through presence and personality. People seek the approval of charismatic leaders. They love giving them what they want. Magnetism and influence characterize charismatic leaders. 10… Continue reading

7 Ways to Have Tough Compassion

Compassion goes wrong when it coddles. Tough compassion calls for extraordinary commitment that stretches people. Coddling prevents people from achieving their best. Image source Coddling compassion: Don’t coddle at the beginning of challenging projects. Never… Continue reading