Tag Archive: politics

Finding Compassion without Losing Power

Compassion is essential to exceptional leadership, extraordinary results, powerful impact, and richness of life. What does compassionate leadership look like? The opposite of compassion is mean. Mean leaders: Send the message that they… Continue reading

How to Quickly End Office Drama

Office drama – interpersonal spats, personality conflicts, pissing contests, and backstabbing – serves no useful purpose. Leaders frequently say people “problems” top the list of concerns they daily address. Drama: Elevates pettiness. Distracts… Continue reading

Rubbing the Genie

Rub the genie to get three wishes. In organizations, rubbing the genie includes telling leaders what they want to hear. It’s an act of foolishness or profound friendship to speak the truth to… Continue reading

Addressing the Rotten-Apple-People Problem

Rotten apples – negative, destructive, self-absorbed, unethical employees – pollute organizations. Furthermore, foul leaders inevitably build stagnant, foul organizations. Worse yet, passive leaders – those who tolerate rotten apples – create rotten environments… Continue reading

The Secret to Defeating Manipulators

Don’t get played. Cowards, manipulators, and backstabbers encourage you to take risks so they don’t have to. They posture in shadows. Let others get dirty. They step into the light when it’s safe.… Continue reading

The Five Powers of Permission

Old styles of leadership are about giving permission to supplicants. Followers seek permission. It’s an “I/you” rather than “we” dynamic. Leaders have power while followers ask. I/you leadership is disengaging and disempowering. Leaders… Continue reading