Secrets to Motivation (Part 1 of 3)

“Rumor has it you got advisor of the year. Congratulations.” This above was a sterile email I received from my boss in 2008.  No greeting. No signature. No encouragement. It was demotivating. I have never understood why my boss didn’t walk the 50 feet from her office to my office and personally congratulate me. My

8 Traits of a Successful Team

Have you ever been part of an extraordinary team? Have you ever been the leader of one? I have been part of one extraordinary team in my career. Yep. One. That’s it.  I’ve been on good teams, bad teams, and okay teams. But I’ve only been on one extraordinary team. The reason the team was

9 Ways to Describe a Bad Boss

In the 25+ years that I’ve been teaching leaders how to be better leaders, I’ve heard a lot of colorful words used to describe bad bosses. Here is an interesting list of them with definitions from various dictionaries-- Dictator – uses authority in an unjust way Unsupportive – does not care enough to help Micromanager

I Dare You to Mess Up

If you are perfect, stop reading. There is nothing here for you. On second thought, this article is probably more for you than it is for anyone else. Keep reading if you: avoid risk are afraid to fail get annoyed when people screw up have difficulty owning up to your mistakes hold yourself to high

Let the Coach Speak Louder than the Critic

Criticism creates anxiety. Coaching creates autonomy. Criticism creates fear. Coaching creates courage. Criticism creates robots. Coaching creates critical thinkers. Criticism creates mediocre performers. Coaching creates high performers. When leaders have metrics to meet, deadlines to hit, and bosses to answer to, the pressure can be too much. Sometimes that pressure comes out sideways, shifting their

2 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement

Employees need more. Before you say, “There isn’t money in the budget” “We’re all expected to do more with less right now” “I’m too busy” let me ask you this – what will it get you? At best, you will get unhappy + unproductive = disengaged employees. If you are concerned about employee engagement, you


Should it be shocking that I’ve talked with 4 people recently who were onboarded during COVID and still don’t really know their coworkers? They don’t like it and neither do I. Trust promotes loyalty, creativity, and innovation. But how can trust be built if employees aren’t given time to build connection with each other? Last


Bad communication. There. I said it. I know there are other reasons we don’t trust leaders, but as a communication expert, bad communication is something I hear employees complain about over and over. Sporadic and non-transparent communication leads to employees feeling devalued and negative because the human brain is prone to catastrophic thinking. On a

Be a Better Busy Leader

Expectations. Chaos. Demands on your time. Long list of to dos. Too many commitments. Too many deadlines. Too much to do. Not enough rest. Not enough calm. Not enough time. Is this what life sounds like for you right now? If it is, you could be headed in a bad direction. When life gets busy,

Becoming a Genius Leader

One mistake leaders can make is to act like they know every aspect of a job. This mistake is driven by the fear that if an employee can do something better than they the leader themself, it must mean they aren’t a good enough leader. Here’s the problem with bosses like that -- employees aren’t