Tag Archive: organizational success

Why My Wife Swats Flies before Riding Bulls

My wife and I joke that she can’t walk out of the house without emptying the dishwasher. She takes care of small things before tackling big. Detail-people swats flies before riding bulls. Flies distract. Swatting flies… Continue reading

7 Powerful Qualities of Humble Leaders

I heard brilliance from a twenty-something when I asked what humble leadership looks like. She said, “Humble leaders know they need others.” Self-reliance hinders leadership. The tipping point of leadership is moving from… Continue reading

They’re Excited – You’re Not

Leaders who kill new ideas love living with old problems. A manager asks, “What should I do when someone on the team is excited about an idea, but I’m not?” Your response to… Continue reading

How to Gossip Your Way to Success

The most frustrating experience in leadership is making poor people-decisions. You had such high hopes. People-decisions make or break leaders. You’re fortunate if you get people-decisions right 50% of the time. Jack Welch said… Continue reading

The “Better” Question Changes Everything

Recurring issues reflect poor leadership. How long will you tolerate pestering problems? Courageous leaders believe we can do better. Begin “better”: If you can’t make it better, find something you can. Talk about next… Continue reading

12 Steps that Inspire Exceptional and Defeat Mediocrity

“Good enough” cheapens the people who create it and the leaders who allow it. Mediocrity degrades, de-energies, and devalues. Exceptional elevates everyone it touches. Mediocrity never: Inspires. Calls for commitment. Makes people proud.… Continue reading