Category Archive: Success

How to Complain Like a Leader

Great leaders have burning complaints. I wonder how many great endeavors began as great complaints. The United States of America, for example, began with great complaints.  We know the name Martin Luther King Jr. because… Continue reading

4 Behaviors Account for 89% of Leadership Effectiveness

Mckinsey research* suggests 4 leadership behaviors make the difference between strong and weak leadership. Top 20 Leadership Behaviors: Be supportive. Champion desired change. Clarify objectives, rewards, and consequences. Communicate prolifically and enthusiastically. Develop… Continue reading

Chasing Stray Cats and Other Ways to Talk Like a Leader

An email I just received has a fascinating line in it. “Let me know what questions you might ask of someone in my situation….” He made me realize that I don’t plan my… Continue reading

4 Ways to Seize The Greatest Opportunity Leaders Miss

Good things get in the way of great things. Day-to-day “good stuff” prevents leaders from seizing their greatest opportunity. 7 good things leaders do: Articulate, promote, and live organizational values. Seize opportunities. Avoid blame and… Continue reading

5 Ways Sincere Leaders Promote Irresponsibility

5 ways sincere leaders promote IRResponsibility: Help too soon. You tell people they aren’t responsible when you rush in to save the day. (You also suggest they aren’t capable.) Protect people from consequences.… Continue reading

7 Surprising Ways to Spot Talent

Success hinges on finding and leveraging talent. Root premise: Others determine your value. It doesn’t matter how talented you believe you are. Talent – like fruit – is for others, not the trees that produce it.… Continue reading