Category Archive: weaknesses

How to Ignite Fire

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of, “Lead Positive.” (25 copies available. Winners chosen at random.) The first job of leadership is catching a glimpse of… Continue reading

How to Lead Like Ellen DeGeneres Part Deux

Ellen DeGeneres is a person of influence because she’s not intimidating. The look on her face says, “I want you to like me.” It’s not a needy look. But, it borders on insecurity.… Continue reading

10 Ways to Listen to the Black Dog

Bob Sutton gave me permission to be self-critical. He didn’t intend to, but, I felt great about being hard on myself, after we hung up. We were talking about his new book, “Scaling… Continue reading

A Powerful Path to Influential Connection

Masking weakness keeps people at arms length. Leaders who pretend they do all things well have shallow connections. I’m put off by insecure braggarts. Leaders without frailties are fakers. But… Frailties are channels of… Continue reading

Overcoming the 6 Mistakes of Inaction

Smart mistakes happen when you take action, fail, learn, and adapt. Dumb mistakes happen when you don’t try at all. Weak leaders over-prepare and under-execute. 6 Mistakes of inaction: Isolating. Not declaring what… Continue reading

The Seven Powers of Weakness

The worst leaders never admit weakness. They: Lie to preserve face. Live in fear of being found out. Lose themselves. The best leaders understand the secret power of weakness. Love, compassion, and loyalty:… Continue reading