Category Archive: Encouragement

Optimistic Discontent

Hope is optimistic discontent. Every act of leadership is an act of optimism. Pessimists can’t lead. Any form of contentment that induces slumber degrades you. Be content with your present and discontent with your… Continue reading

The Principle of the Rope

George asked, “Do you ever feel pressure?” He was thinking about the breadth and depth of the Leadership Freak audience, as well as, the rigorous writing schedule I maintain. George is one of… Continue reading

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