As A Leader, Are You Always Supposed To Be An Optimist?

As a leader, should you always be an optimist? The answer is “yes”…and “no”…and “sometimes”… The reality is, there are times when a leader must be a grim-faced pessimist, while in other times it requires being a cheery-faced optimist. How do you know? Here’s a basic guideline to help you navigate this. A leader must…

How To Unleash the Power of the Spinal Tap Leadership Principle

Leadership requires “10 out of 10” level leadership day in and day out. But are there times when a leader must go even beyond “10 out of 10”? Yes. Sometimes. Sometimes a leader must punch their amp up to “11”. Fans of the classic comedy film This is Spinal Tap know exactly what I’m talking about. This…

How To Lead Change By Cashing In Your Chips

To introduce significant change, leaders must know when and how to cash in their “change chips”. Leaders possess a certain number of ‘change chips’, made up of credibility, respect, authority, good will and other essential leadership ingredients. You pick up change chips every time you keep your word, share credit with the team, achieve a key…

How To Pull Decision Delays Out Of The Ditch

In leadership, a delayed decision can be worse than no decision at all. Have you ever seen a decision-making process go so horribly wrong that you really wondered if anything could pull it out of the ditch? It’s an excruciating sight to witness. Facts are being gathered, discussions are being held, research is being conducted,…