Category Archive: Criticism

The 10 Strategies of Obnoxious Leaders

Don’t expect the people you complain about to follow you. You aren’t worthy of leadership, if you can’t pull-with people. The future is built on aspiration, not frustration. Persistent frustration makes you obnoxious. Complaining points… Continue reading

7 Responses to Reasoned Resistance

The line between bold and foolish is often determined by success or failure. Fearful organizations are full of people who know why it’s better to stay the same. Remarkable success requires boldness, but bold leaders… 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

7 Ways to Give Negative Feedback to the Boss

Some bosses think their weaknesses matter less than the weaknesses of others. But, the opposite is true. You help the team and enrich your organization, when you help the boss. 7 ways to… Continue reading

How to Receive Criticism without Becoming Cynical

Leaders are criticized when they take action and when they don’t. Nice critics try to help by pointing out failures and faults, but neglect positive suggestions. Tearing down makes nasty critics feel wise,… Continue reading

7 Ways to Overcome the Second-Guessing-Syndrome

Second guessing is a game cowards play with wisdom gained from hindsight. The announcers yelled, “I can’t believe the call,” when Pete Carroll, coach of the Seattle Seahawks, called a pass play that… Continue reading