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The story you tell yourself feels true even when it’s false. We all judge. You help people be themselves when you judge them by who they are, not the story in your head.…
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I came across a pony-tailed biker-type guy with a long scruffy beard in a cigar shop. He was a retired union pipefitter that had traveled the country welding pipes in nuclear power plants.…
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Experienced leaders benefit most from tough feedback, as long as they’re committed to growth. Novices need encouraging feedback. Negative feedback: Suppose you’ve been working on running great meeting for years and you’re committed…
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Dear Dan, I lead a team of high capacity leaders and we all serve a recovering benevolent dictator, who himself is a dynamic catalyst and the reason for our organization’s growth. Anyway, I…
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The trouble with toxic leaders is they’re deadly and don’t know it. But if the truth be told, every leader smells at least a little.   Every time toxicity gets its way organizations…
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It’s frustrating to expect people to be like you when they are like them. Understanding and accepting people is leadership’s missed opportunity. Don’t be so busy with goals and plans that you forget…
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Dear Dan, I am an attorney. I have a client involved in a worker’s comp claim against the County. This is a small rural county. The claim arose because the man works in…
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Dear Dan, I am a relatively inexperienced leader in a small software business.  Recently, one of my people failed to perform to her own expectations and that of our client.   I think…
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You’re a bosshole if the bar is high and you kick people when they fall short. High expectation apart from kindness is cruel. Bossholes kick people when they’re down. 5 steps to becoming…
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Every teacher learns before they teach. Every teacher learns while they teach. The learner in the coffee shop: I stood and embraced Jack when he walked into the coffee shop where I was meeting with a young…
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