Category Archive: Encouragement

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

The Journey is the Answer

Leaders always land in the wilderness, eventually. It feels like failure – but it’s transformation – for all who emerge on the other side. His summary of the wilderness was, “The wheels came off.”… Continue reading

7 Ways to Deal with Weakness in Others

I’m kicking myself for the way I responded to his enthusiasm. He’s energized about the possibility of a new role. I reminded him of one thing he doesn’t do well. I’m playing not… Continue reading

How to Lead with Compassion but Not Be a Pushover

Compassion goes wrong when it goes too far. Too much compassion prolongs helplessness, failure, and mediocrity. Compassion done well fuels confidence, excellence, and success. Organizations without compassion are fear-filled, ugly places to work.… Continue reading