Category Archive: Strengths

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

7 Ways to Stop Vultures and Protect Vitality

Bad leaders only feel good when they’re talking about bad. Problem-centric leaders circle death and neglect vitality. Focus: Organizations stink when vulture-leaders take over. The problem in shipping makes you forget that production is up five percent… Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Dreamers and Doers

Dreamers who can’t get things done waste talent and resources. Doers who can’t dream reach too low. Doers have their feet on the ground and their head in the sand. Dreamers have their feet in the air… Continue reading

Kryptonite: The Thing That Weakens Leadership

Kryptonite is mythical material from Krypton that drains Superman of his superpowers. Kryptonite: The belief that self-evaluation trumps the evaluation of those directly impacted by your leadership weakens your effectiveness. What you think of… Continue reading

10 Ways to Deal with Weaknesses in Others

Everyone is great at some things and lousy at others. Arrogant leaders compare the weaknesses of others to their strengths. Don’t judge others by the way they compare to you. When you evaluate… Continue reading

7 Ways to Maximize Quiet Leaders

Quiet, slow-movers frustrate talkative, quick movers. Those who think, speak, and commit quickly, often believe they’re superior to leaders who need time. One of the worst things leaders do is over-value people who are… Continue reading