Category Archive: Encouragement

3 Strategies to Fuel Vitality and Eliminate Gossip

Gossip makes weak leaders feel powerful. It’s foolish to undermine the people you’re counting on. Strong teams aren’t built by spreading venom, focusing on weaknesses, or dredging up animosity.  Real leaders don’t feel strong… Continue reading

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

Solution Saturday: Stress Free Problem-Solving

Too much problem-solving is a problem. Dis-empowered employees want you to solve their problems for them. Successful leaders help others solve problems. (This post originates with a problem-centric-email I received. It only took 30 minutes… Continue reading

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