Category Archive: Trust

7 Ways to Gain Authority

Those who constantly demand and use authority don’t deserve it. Thoreau said, “Any fool can make a rule…” Longing for authority reveals a deep sense of powerlessness, unwillingness to defend ideas, and lack… Continue reading

How to Break the Conspiracy of Silence

The organization was under scrutiny from regulators and the media. That’s a big deal when you have over 15,000 employees. The conspiracy of silence had come home to roost. To make matters worse,… Continue reading

Finding Bright

The gift of darkness is finding bright. Dark days are coming for you. If you haven’t felt the darkness yet, you will. I’m being optimistic. Your response to the dark days of life… Continue reading

Solving the Pathetic Meeting Problem

Orderly leadership meetings are pathetic and useless. Head-nodding sessions are exercises in futility that waste resources, talent, and time. Cancel them and do something productive. The spirit of agreement permeates pointless leadership meetings.… Continue reading

Six Simple Ways to Strengthen Your Culture Now

People in strong cultures smile and laugh. The idea that it takes fewer muscles to smile than frown is silly. If you don’t want to smile, it doesn’t matter how easy it is.… Continue reading

How to Defeat the Dangers of Disrespect

Foolish leaders disrespect intentionally. But, for many, disrespect is accidental. Disrespectful leaders demoralize the team. You’re disrespectful when you: Answer for others in meetings. Help when help isn’t needed. Over-helpfulness suggests others aren’t… Continue reading