Stop Talking About Transformation

Talk doesn’t produce vitality, eventually it kills it. Talk is important. But, the line between talk and rigor mortis is nearly invisible. Death arrives when organizational transformation ends. Vitality through trying new things: Talk is hypocrisy –… Continue reading

How to Stop Telling People What to Do

Traditional managers expect compliance. Coaching-managers expect engagement, creativity, responsibility, and ownership. People who’ve been controlled often prefer compliance over participation. “Just tell me what to do,” is a cop out. Some prefer being… Continue reading

7 Downward Steps of Control Freaks

The thing that irritates you about others is the thing you’re trying to change about them. “I’ve tried everything,” means you can’t figure out how to change someone. The more you “try everything,”… Continue reading

How to Transform Negative Environments

The more you think about what’s wrong, the more wrong you see. Your job isn’t fixing, correcting, and improving. It’s creating environments where others fix, correct, and improve. Criticism deflates. Approval energizes. Praise… Continue reading

12 Dos and Don’ts For Butting Heads Successfully

Everything worth doing encounters friction. Important issues ignite strong emotion. 12 don’ts for butting heads successfully: Don’t: Talk over things with affirming friends who take your side rather than exploring issues. Rush to judgement. A… Continue reading

5 Ways to Know When to Let the Tiger Out

Extraordinary strength in a person with a strong personality (SP) is a potent opportunity for advantage or destruction. Don’t dial back your strong personality. Choose when to let the tiger out. A CIO with an SP… Continue reading