Tag Archive: Leadership Development

Unstructured Brainstorming is an Offense to Creativity

Meetings that neglect results and don’t impact behaviors are a colossal waste of time. Poorly run brainstorming sessions are the biggest waste of all. An invitation to an unstructured brainstorming meeting is an… Continue reading

Succeeding with Three Challenges that Derail Leaders

Three Challenges that Derail Leaders: Challenge #1: Self-development during seasons of success. Talent’s halo makes you over-estimate your abilities and under-estimate your need for growth. I often ask audiences to raise their hands… Continue reading

The Question that Taps the Power of Complaining

Just say it, “Everyone sucks at some things.” Call a leadership team meeting to gripe about weaknesses. Write your direct reports’ names on a whiteboard and list their weaknesses. Illustrate the list with behaviors. … Continue reading

The Most Unremarkable Thing Leaders Do

The most unremarkable thing leaders do is worry about themselves. Self-worry shrinks life. Fretting – over yourself – makes others into enemies. Self-focused hand-wringing stinks like fear. Lousy leaders worry too much about themselves. Interviews:… Continue reading

When to Bring it Up – When to Let it Go

Leaders who bring up every little failure, issue, or shortcoming are irritating nags. They can’t let it go.  When you blab on about trivialities, talented people want to pull their hair out. Or… Continue reading

Leadership at the Movies: Inside Out

Dark emotion is stronger than bright. It’s more challenging to deal with sadness, anger, or bitterness than joy. The way leaders deal with dark emotion determines the direction of their leadership. Listen to the dark side: Feelings,… Continue reading