Tag Archive: Leadership Development

10 Ways to Know it’s Safe to Not Play it Safe

Mr. Young Leader gave his first update on an overseas project to the organization. It was OK. He’ll do better next time. In our follow up conversation, he said, “I probably should have… Continue reading

Seven Ways to Get Smarter

Given my druthers, I’d choose smart over dumb. Sadly, all of us do things that prolong dumbness. 4 qualities of smart leaders who stay dumb: Persistence: Staying dumb requires persistence. Growing smarter requires change. Dumb… Continue reading

The First Secret of Developing a Leader

It hit me on the way home that I said the wrong thing. I stood and embraced Jack when he walked into the coffee shop where I was meeting with a young leader.… Continue reading

You didn’t Mean to Upset Anyone

You didn’t mean to make them mad, but they are. You were just trying to make things better. Its the absolute worst when doing your best upsets others. Fasten your seat-belt. It happens all… Continue reading

Pat on the Back or Kick in the Pants

Some people respond well to a pat on the back, others to a kick in the pants. Mary practically ignores, “The way you handled Bob’s objection was beautiful.” But, she lights up and leans… Continue reading

3 Ways to be the One Others Love on their Team

Frustration with people must be the number one frustration in organizational life. Wrong teammates distract, drain, and hobble. People, not work, make organizational life misery or joy. Success on teams often determines career… Continue reading