Mastering the Art of Creating Accountability

Accountability, in traditional environments, is about power. Who has it? How is it used? The teeth in traditional accountability is the power to reward and punish. Accountability as pressure: Short-sighted leaders use accountability… Continue reading

The Question that Taps the Power of Complaining

Just say it, “Everyone sucks at some things.” Call a leadership team meeting to gripe about weaknesses. Write your direct reports’ names on a whiteboard and list their weaknesses. Illustrate the list with behaviors. … Continue reading

The Most Unremarkable Thing Leaders Do

The most unremarkable thing leaders do is worry about themselves. Self-worry shrinks life. Fretting – over yourself – makes others into enemies. Self-focused hand-wringing stinks like fear. Lousy leaders worry too much about themselves. Interviews:… Continue reading

Terminal Cancer Isn’t Distracting Super Bowl Coach Bruce DeHaven

Would you show up for work if you knew you were dying of cancer? Special team’s coach Bruce DeHaven of the Carolina Panthers didn’t miss a practice all season, even though he was diagnosed… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: Gossip in a Small Business

Dear Dan, I have recently entered a new job and have really seen the negative influence gossip is having. Not really sure what to do being the newbie? What are you thoughts? It… Continue reading

When to Bring it Up – When to Let it Go

Leaders who bring up every little failure, issue, or shortcoming are irritating nags. They can’t let it go.  When you blab on about trivialities, talented people want to pull their hair out. Or… Continue reading