Why You Should Be Asking For Trouble

At the start of my supervisory career, I was taught that you NEVER surprise the boss with a problem. Check. No surprises. Got it. Huh? Over time I became quite puzzled by that expectation because a lot of the day to day problems I encountered weren’t part of my plans. They were, in fact, surprises. Continue reading Why You Should Be Asking For Trouble

For One of Those Days

Some days leadership is drudgery. Hard, monotonous work. Some days people bring bundles of problems like gifts, lay them at our feet, and walk away. Some days the decisions go awry and we are left exposed to criticism. All while we are stretched to our limit.   On those days we can feel discouraged. We Continue reading For One of Those Days

Making a Friend of My Fears

Better if you get to know them. Because they aren’t going anywhere. They live with you. If you treat them badly, Or try to ignore them, They’ll just act out. And shout. Til you hear them out. I was thinking about fear a lot last weekend. Take your hands off the wheel and fear takes Continue reading Making a Friend of My Fears

The Words You Leave Behind

Does it resemble the person you wish to be? After you leave. They linger. What impression in the minds of others? Where they swirl about turning into stories. Informing decisions.   If we could follow your words, Where would they lead us? If words are energy, Do yours empower? Or consume. If words are influence, Continue reading The Words You Leave Behind

Let Them See What You Believe

Effective leaders bring their beliefs into the open. Our actions may be confusing or appear contradictory if we leave it to people to guess our intentions. When we help others understand the beliefs behind our motives and actions we give them the benefit of context and build trust. To make this possible there are important Continue reading Let Them See What You Believe