The Secret to Vitality

Words create worlds. Positive words create vibrant environments. Negative words create defeated environments. Energy is low, when problems, complaints, and falling short is the persistent topic of conversation. Leaders ignite vitality or drain energy… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: Your Pie Needs More Sugar

This email, from a Leadership Freak reader, arrived yesterday. Hi Dan, … I recently (this week) came up on a situation with a would-be employer and immediately thought of you.  Turning to my… Continue reading

12 Ways to Outgrow Oppressive Environments

Rules, restrictions, and hierarchy make us small. Greatness assumes freedom. Men and women languish under oppression and die for freedom. Yet, organizations often cling to heavy-handed methods to get things done. 5 benefits of… Continue reading

What if you’re not that Smart

Don’t worry if you aren’t the smartest person in the room; stay curious and work hard. Curiosity and hard work takes leaders further than indulgent intelligence. If you’re intelligent, stay curious and work hard. If… Continue reading

13 Challenges All Coaching-Managers Face

It’s more difficult to be a coaching-manager than to be a coach that comes in from the outside. Open listening, courageous honesty, and not fixing, seem more challenging when coaches and coachees have… Continue reading

7 Secrets to Getting Results Through Others

Brag about what you’ve helped others do, not what you’ve done. Managers who maximize talent, produce results through others. Talent that doesn’t produce remarkable results, reflects poor management. You’re in the way, if you… Continue reading