How to Turn Cautious Teammates into Visionary Thinkers

Visionary thinking typically receives quick turndowns from cautious leaders. People start thinking small and safe. Everyone dreams small when cautious judgmental leaders control decisions. Traditional management culture encourages everyone to lower expectations and ask for… Continue reading

The Three-Legged Stool of Effective Performance Conversations

If half-truths are lies, being nice makes us liars. The need to be nice is about: Preventing offense. Keeping the peace. Protecting status. Being liked. Being too nice often includes shading the truth. Too nice:… Continue reading

How to Plug the Energy Suck and Build High Energy Teams

High energy teams get more done. Sadly, they don’t teach managers how to track and manage team energy. Perhaps it’s a topic you’d rather ignore. Just do the work. Don’t worry about fluffy… Continue reading

How to Manage the Energy You Create

The impact of your leadership is measured by the effect you have on others. Manage the splash: You always impact those around you. Even if people turn from you, you have impact. Some… Continue reading

How to Spend Less Time Solving Performance Issues and More Time Delivering Results

It’s tempting to prioritize poor performers and neglect middle and top performers. Leaders believe small improvements in poor performance make a big difference. They’re right, but how likely is progress? The trap: Leaders… Continue reading

The Real Focus of Successful Leaders

Control, for the most part, is illusion. What happens when you try to control something outside your control? Anxiety. Stress. Fear. Frustration. Pressuring. Manipulation. Resentment. Control as manipulation: Attempts to control things outside our… Continue reading