“If you’re willing to ask 1000 people, you can have anything” (including trust)

I'm told we can thank Byron Katie for the quote above.  Since my friend Steve Chandler is a big Katie fan, making requests is center stage on my daily dashboard.  To put this notion in context, consider that I once told a friend, I said "I don't ask others for much," to which my friend replied "you never ask anyone for anything." Those words landed with a thud.  It can't be a good thing to NEVER ask for anything1. Right? So I'm working on making one request each day.  One request, no big ..

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Problem Performers “Cruising” Denial

This is the second in a series of posts looking at the sticky combination of two elements.  Element #1 is a problem performer.  Element #2 is a big-hearted leader. In the first installment, I cited Daniel Gilbert’s summary of what factors trigger human beings to recognize danger.  With that brain “wiring,” poor performers probably will not realize they’re in danger of getting fired. In this post, I'll add another wrinkle:  denial. Cruise Ship Denial In 2012, the Italian cruise ship ..

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For the Poor Performer, Danger Doesn’t Exist

Are you a leader who values responsibility, fairness and kindness? If you hire well, you might have a long, successful and fun career. But when you make a bad hire, you may hate being the boss. If you lead with the values mentioned, one of the hard times you’ll face is when you need to challenge an under-performing team member. This post's aim is to help you understand your concern may not make it onto that employee’s radar screen. No matter how uncomfortable you get telling him his job is ..

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