Category Archive: Courage

What Gratitude Really Means

It doesn’t matter how much you accomplish in the world, there’s a voice in your head that wonders if you might matter more. Successful leaders overcome their inner accuser, even if it isn’t silenced.… Continue reading

The Deadly Danger of Maybe

You don’t like to say no, so you say maybe. But saying maybe is more harmful than saying no. You can’t execute on  maybe. You say maybe because you falsely believe it’s helpful.… Continue reading

You Have What You Seek

To get where you want to go, move toward authentic leadership. The main characters in the Wizard of Oz discovered they already had what they sought. The Tin Man always had heart. The Cowardly Lion… Continue reading

Rethinkers Are Stinkers

One member of my team called my ability to rethink decisions frustrating. It drove him nuts. I thought it was the pursuit of excellence. Now I know it’s dangerous. Rethinkers lead sluggish organizations.… Continue reading

Solution Saturday – 10 Ways to Build Vulnerability into Culture

Faking drains, but vulnerability ignites. I often encouraged audiences to embrace the power of vulnerability. During the Q&A at a recent presentation one participant asked how to build vulnerability into his organization. The five functions… Continue reading

Don’t Pressure Timid People to be Brave

Fear might feel safe, but leadership requires boldness. Fear congeals the past. Boldness builds the future. Fear is survival-mode. Boldness is opportunity-mode. Boldness follows hope. 4 ways to build bold teams: Provide training. Celebrate mistakes.… Continue reading