Winston Churchill saved his nation because he spoke up. Joan of Arc was burned at the stake because she did. People at home or in organizations are applauded, punished or purged every day for what they say—and what they don’t say. There is no doubt
Managing your emotions skillfully is as difficult as a mountain climber rappelling from a vertical ledge. I have to tell you that I don’t have a great reaction pattern to the parade of negative things that happen every day. Mostly I overreact to issues that are
Story-telling appears to be baked into the DNA of humanity. From oral traditions dating back thousands of years to the origin stories of most religious traditions to the child’s simple request: Tell me a story. And we love to hear those stories over and over.
What can you do when you have to get people or groups to collaborate, when neither bullets, bombs or bluster can get them to move a nano-step? In my work with leaders of organizations—where millions of dollars are on the line—I’ve found three simple magic
Lead with Your Strengths—But Operate Powerfully with Your Weakest Skills When You Have To Can you improve your weak points quickly? Tom, an old board member of mine, showed me how quickly you can in the case of life or death. He recounted his story to
In this world, there are many scary jobs—and you might have one of them—giving employee feedback. It makes me truly dizzy just looking at a high-rise photo of construction workers casually hanging out on single steel beam, looking down at a 50-story drop—it truly takes
As in the iconic 1972 movie, The Godfather, you remember the beginning wedding scene. Everyone is happy and dancing at Don Corleone’s daughter’s wedding. The congressman is present. The priest is waiting to do the ceremony. Don Corleone’s associates come to his office to kiss the
If you want to use the most powerful tool available to get things done, use the power of inspiration. It is the one tool available to convince someone to do anything—that’s worth doingInspiration as a way to persuade people to get things done has fallen