Category Archive: Encouragement

5 Lies About Self-Confidence

The ability to drain self-confidence from others is a foolish leader’s talent. “Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Helen Keller Skillful leaders know how to inspire self-confidence in others. 5 Lies About self-confidence… Continue reading

5 Questions to Re-Energize a De-Energized Team

  High energy organization are led by skilled management teams. 5 questions to re-energized a de-energized team: #1. Where is the complexity*? Complexity is the result of taking the path of least resistance.… Continue reading

Five People You Should Never Trust

As a general rule, don’t trust anyone who is always happy. When things go bad, feeling happy is denial. 5 people you shouldn’t trust: Bubbly technical people. Cheerful surgeons.  Serious work requires serious people.… Continue reading

4 Surprising Times to Leap for Joy

Issues, problems, and challenges suck the joy out of leaders. Miserable leaders drain organizational energy. (People assume you’re miserable if you don’t express joy.) Joy is energy. Joy is an expression of wisdom and strength, not… Continue reading

Don’t Make Enemies of People You Depend On

Organizational life often feels like being bossed around by people who don’t get it. Leaders are well served to remember that organizations run on the backs of front-line managers. Don’t make enemies of… Continue reading

7 Ways to be a Dealer in Hope

You and the people you influence cannot thrive apart from hope. Napoleon rightly said, “A leader is a dealer in hope.” Successful leaders inspire hope.  Leadership is about the future – hope is… Continue reading