Category Archive: weaknesses

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

I’m Not Sure I’m Up to the Task

Comfortable jobs equal drifting employees. Everyone in your organization needs to feel stretched in some area. Successful leaders help others step into uncomfortable – stretching – challenges and opportunities. Eventually, you’ll hear, “I’m… Continue reading

Getting Crazy

Image source Run to crazy people. Avoid comfortable people. Teammates, who think like you, are irrelevant. They take up space and suck oxygen. Reserve chairs and air for crazies. Invite in those who… Continue reading