Make the team’s success your priority

I once worked with a leader who seemed to prioritize his success above the team’s success. He was happy as long as he was looking good. However, he would grow angry if it seemed he would look bad. Leaders who prioritize their success first are going to cause...

Leaders say “no”

One of the biggest problems in business is the word “yes.” Yes, we’ll take on that additional work, even though everyone is already working overtime. Yes, we’ll take on that work, despite it distracting us from our product strategy. Yes, you can squeeze the team into...

What if you didn’t have any problems?

Imagine, for a moment, that you don’t have any problems. Problems generate anxiety, which leads to unproductive mindsets. What if you look at every problem as an opportunity to change? It’s easier to look at opportunities and to see the truth in them. When you see the...

Why do people follow you?

Why does your team follow you? Is it because of your title or position? Is it because of how you’ve responded to problems in the past? Or is it because they believe what you believe? If people are following you for any reason other than what they believe, you...

Are you curious about failure?

In 1968, Dr. Spencer Silver was trying to invent a super-strong adhesive. Dr. Silver accidentally invented a low-tack re-stickable glue, which is what you find on the back of post-it notes. Arguably, Dr. Silver failed, given his original objective. However, he did not...

The impact of labelling people

I worked with a new leader who was struggling with her team’s initiative. She would tell me how the team was lazy and unmotivated. The previous leader had set up a rigid process due to a past problem. The team was to ask permission for almost anything, beyond their...