10 Ways to be a Mature Leader Even if You’re Young

I just got home from a conversation about maturity with some really smart college students. This post is inspired by our conversation. 10 expressions of immaturity: Don’t realize or don’t care that their… Continue reading

12 Ways to Deal with Your Incompetent Manager

It’s “Solution Saturday.” Erin suggested we discuss leading up. You’re stuck with an incompetent manager who hides in the office, talks too much, has poor people skills, can’t delegate, won’t make decisions, or some… Continue reading

In Praise of Incompetent Managers

Imagine you weren’t as competent as you believe. How would you treat your team? The problem is, you can do it “better” yourself. Do-it-yourself managers: Get things done. Want the job done right.… Continue reading

Only 35% of U.S. Managers are Engaged

Disengaged leaders lead disengaged teams. Only 35% of U.S. managers are engaged in their jobs. Is it any wonder that only 30% of the workforce is engaged.* Worse yet, engagement levels go down… Continue reading

How Confusion Gives Way to Clarity

I often receive emails that include things like, “Do you have any suggestions or advice?” Occasionally, I ask if they’d like to talk. These calls are part listening and advising, but mostly, they’re… Continue reading

How to Be Humble

Dad died June 25, 2012. This morning, I miss him. Dad was a dairy farmer from Maine. He didn’t need applause for taking care of his wife and children. He humbly got the job… Continue reading