Monthly Archives: April 2012

Memo to Leaders: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Memorandum To: Leaders Everywhere From: A Fellow Sojourner Subject: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself Dear fellow leaders, It has come to my attention that we are our own worst enemies. The lack of our effectiveness and success is primarily … Continue reading

Posted in Ego, Integrity, Leadership, Power, Toxic Leadership, Values | 23 Comments

Leading With Trust – Four Fundamentals of Success

I was recently talking with a friend about the critical importance of teaching the fundamentals when coaching baseball. Baseball is a game built on basic, fundamental skills. No matter the level at which the game is played — Tee Ball, Little … Continue reading

Posted in Honesty, Integrity, Leadership, Professionalism, Relationships, Servant Leadership, Success, Trust | 4 Comments

No Leadership Fear: Five Guidelines to Deliver Feedback for Results

Giving effective feedback on behavior or performance strikes fear in the heart of many leaders. This past week I spoke on this topic at the Ken Blanchard College of Business at Grand Canyon University, and when I asked audience members … Continue reading

Posted in Challenging Conversations, Coaching, Fear, Feedback, Leadership, Praising, Relationships, Reprimands, Trust | 10 Comments

Build Trust by Learning How to SPEAK – A Model for Handling Challenging Conversations

Whether you’re delivering a difficult message, giving tough performance feedback, or confronting insensitive behavior, handling a challenging conversation can strike fear and trepidation in the heart of a leader. If handled with skill and care, these situations are prime opportunities … Continue reading

Posted in Challenging Conversations, Listening, Relationships, SPEAK Model, Trust | 8 Comments

Interview with the One Minute Manager – Three Secrets to Build Trust

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to interview the One Minute Manager for a blog article I wrote for This year marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of The One Minute Manager. With over 13 million copies sold in … Continue reading

Posted in Goal Setting, Leadership, One Minute Manager, Praising, Reprimands, Trust | 2 Comments