People Don't Quit Their Jobs, They Quit Their Bosses

Author: David Satchell

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...

What is this Utopia of Psychological Safety?

You can call it utopia, but I’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to teams I’ve been a part of and even led. Lucky, because the leaders I worked for had disarmed themselves and found some flow.  Flow? I can picture the confusion on your face. But flow is...

Be Aware of the Annoying Extrovert Inside You

There’s always one or two of “those guys” that blast open the door and make their presence known.  You are either happy about their company or annoyed by their disruption.  Either way, they will assure you that they are all present and accounted for.  Certainly, they don’t mean to...

5 Ways to Overcome Being the Awkward Introvert

One of the biggest struggles I faced as a leader is simply being a conversationalist.  And especially because of my introverted personality type, casual talk can be a challenge.  If you nurture an introverted personality, like me, you definitely know what I mean.  I can’t say I overcame this...

Natural-born Leader?

Is it possible to be a natural-born leader? I’m sure anything is possible. But let’s assume, for the sake of definition, that we are talking about a talented leader that can artfully motivate and inspire their team. Here’s a key point that you should also consider–leaders also produce outcomes....

3 Less Obvious Reasons of “Why They Leave”

To be honest, I can’t assume what executives are thinking when they experience a mass exodus of employees or, worst yet, their leaders. They could certainly chalk it up as normal attrition or they can scratch their heads in bewilderment of why they are leaving. You can bet it’s...