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Is There a Shadow Side to Candor?

Let’s cut to the chase—research shows there’s no negative side to candid communication. In fact, the research shows candid behavior solves problems faster, is more risk tolerant, is more open to change, and addresses performance problems more quickly. So, why wouldn’t we want to communicate candidly all of the...

Leadership and Optics—Should You Care?

I was thinking about Tua (NFL Miami Dolphins Quarterback) and all that went down with his injury this week (September 18, 2022) and the following week. To catch you up, Tua sustained an air quote back injury after taking head-to-head contact in the previous week. He went to the...

Do You Really Not Care What Anyone Says?

Is it healthy to not care what people think about you? I’m sure some would say they absolutely don’t care what anyone thinks of them. I guess my question is, “How did you get to that point?” The reason I ask is because, in my estimation, not caring goes...

The Motives of Micromanagement

Could you have made this mistake too? You wouldn’t be alone if you did. I did. It happens with the best of intentions. It would have started when you accepted your promotion or increased responsibility, and you had to figure out how you would have to efficiently manage your...

My Argument: Why Do We Overlook Followership?

Have you seen the relentless posts about a leader’s responsibility to grow more leaders? I have. But, I don’t know that I prescribe to the “True Leaders Don’t Create Followers, They Create More Leaders” philosophy. It’s a quote from business author, Tom Peters. I’ve seen this episodic post multiple...

Red Flag: “You Should Be More Positive”

I don’t know how many times I’ve encouraged a colleague or even a supervisor to be more positive. And for some reason and every time, it is met with consternation. I never thought my encouragement could be so contentious. But it appears that people don’t like to be told...

It’s Not You, It’s Me: How Do I Get My Team Back?

It has to have happened to at least one of you. You’ve scanned your entire team and you couldn’t count a single ally. And unfortunately, there is no one on the team that is willing to amplify your voice or your direction. As you would assume, they had apparently...

Demanding Urgency and Creating Stress

When you think of high productivity organizations, there are a number of companies that come to mind. Of course, there are Amazon, Walmart, FedEx, Apple, and tens of thousands more—yes, thousands. When I say high productivity, it’s not just the widget producers, it’s also high-stress jobs that seem to...

The Parallels of Lifeskills and Leadership

Have you noticed that there is a symbiotic essence to personal relationships and leadership? If you are acutely attuned to your own development, you will notice as you grow as a leader, so too will you relationship-wise.  Of course, this is not an absolute, but if you are doing...

Five Important Questions About Leading with Vulnerabilities

What are you hiding? I guess there could be a number of things. So specifically, what about you are you hiding from your team, your peers, or boss that could be particularly uncomfortable to only you?  I’m sure you know what it is.  But if you don’t, they are...