Category Archive: Encouragement

I Felt Compassion in His Voice

Some leaders are jerks.  The good news is, you can have heart and lead.  Steven Kydd, one of the founders of Tastemade, a top 10 most innovative company in food, surprised me when… Continue reading

The Toxic Leader Score

Your Toxic Leader Score* (TLS) is the level of unnecessary irritation you cause others. If you occasionally irritate colleagues by arriving late, you’re a 3 on a range from 1 to 10. If you frequently… Continue reading

12 Ways to Quickly Energize Your Environment

Darkness prevails when you neglect positive energy. Millions of dollars are spent on energizing employees, but energy remains low. Focused energy is engagement. Energy goes up when you tend it and cools when… Continue reading

15 Ways to Dig Out of Discouragement

The only reason encouragement matters is discouragement is real. Positive thinking addresses the reality of negative. Dark feelings give relevance and power to positive. 15 ways to dig out of discouragement: Address the… Continue reading

How to Transform Negative Environments

The more you think about what’s wrong, the more wrong you see. Your job isn’t fixing, correcting, and improving. It’s creating environments where others fix, correct, and improve. Criticism deflates. Approval energizes. Praise… Continue reading

The Five Practices of Leadership

Leaders aren’t mommy or daddy. Successful leaders encourage everyone to think and act like competent people of influence. When leaders act like mommy, team members act like children. Family-style leadership, depending on it’s… Continue reading