5 Questions to Ask During Tough Conversations

The tipping point between prolonged frustration and renewed vitality is a difficult conversation. The choice to avoid difficult conversations often masquerades as kindness. Are you worthy to lead tough conversations: Any dullard can… Continue reading

Kiss the Fool

Court jesters occasionally spoke truths and delivered bad news with humor. Modern comedians often make us laugh about injustice or social ills. Kiss the fool who speaks the truth. The more authority you… Continue reading

The Power of Disadvantage

Olympic athletes Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand and Abbey D’Agostino of the USA tumbled over each other in the women’s 5,000 meter race. It was tragic. But what happened next was magnificent. D’Agostino… Continue reading

She Didn’t Believe – But Others Did

The incompetent may not recognize their ineptitude. It’s called the Dunning-Kruger Effect. I’ve known individuals who had no idea how unskilled they were.  Competence: The research of Dr. David Dunning and Dr. Justin Kruger… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: Aspirations Exceed Qualifications

Dear Dan, I have a team member who aspires to a lofty leadership position. However, the position requires skills and attributes the individual has failed to demonstrate. I want to keep him positively… Continue reading

5 Ways to Find Vitality in Disagreement

Giving solutions, without exploring issues, lets people know you aren’t listening. Solutions found in isolation are irritations to others. 3 ways to let others know you aren’t listening: #1. Focus on positions. Defensive conversations are… Continue reading