Solution Saturday: What Would You Do

Being a mentor is an ego building experience for immature leaders. What do you do, when a mentee asks, “What would you do?” Self-importance motivates mentors to prematurely spew “pearls of wisdom.” Rushing to… Continue reading

How to Create Dissatisfaction that Energizes

Most leaders are too quick to rush to solutions. Begin with the nightmare, not the dream. Dissatisfaction that energizes begins with an unacceptable present. The place beyond the hill isn’t worth the climb when… Continue reading

Breaking the Glum-Leader Syndrome

I’ve met some unhappy leaders. Perhaps they love position, power, prestige, or the paycheck. But, they drain energy from people and teams. Unhappy leaders lead unhappy teams. Do something else if leading makes you… Continue reading

5 Ways to Face the Challenges of Coaching Teammates

The challenge of coaching teammates is technical skill. You know how to do their job the “right” way, if you’ve been promoted up the ranks. Or, at least you think you know. Don’t explore… Continue reading

The Complete List of Toxic Behaviors that Poison Teams

Toxic behaviors connected to communication: Assume silence is agreement. Overstate teammate’s opinions and question their motives. Sweep difficult topics under the carpet. Speak for others. Begin sentences with “you” – you always and… Continue reading

How Honor Fuels Energy and Gets Results

Done poorly, gratitude demotivates or inspires entitlement. Affirm results; honor heart. The person behind results: There’s a leader on my team who enjoys meeting needs and taking care of people. I saw him in action… Continue reading