Ten Things that don’t Matter Much – One that Does by Dan Rockwell

10 things that don’t matter much:

1. Sitting at your desk.
2. Past success.
3. All the good reasons things can’t be done.
4. Outdoing others.
5. Pretending you have it all together.
6. Good intentions apart from action.
7. Remembering offenses and failures.
8. Excuses.
9. Good intentions apart from action.
10. Remembering offenses and failures.


Isolated leaders create status with distance, secrecy, and title.

Isolated leadership is arrogant leadership.

Leadership is influence.

Influence requires connection.

Connected leaders build relationships.

Influence grows when connections grow.

Respect eliminates the need for position and title.

10 ways to connect and succeed:

1. Make a daily appointment with MBWA. Manage by wandering around. Isolation causes arrogance. Connection requires humility.

2. View interruptions as opportunities. If your day consists of constant interruptions then use them to connect. Maximize interruptions by quickly getting to, “What’s the next step?”

3. Solve problems in positive ways. Talk about the reason you’re solving problems, while solving problems.

4. Explore off-putting behaviors. 

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Top 10 ways to ensure your best people will quit by Mel Kleiman


Here are 10 ways to guarantee that your best people will quit:

10. Treat everyone equally. This may sound good, but your employees are not equal. Some are worth more, because they produce more results. The key is not to treat them equally; it is to treat them all fairly.

9. Tolerate mediocrity. A-players don’t have to or want to play with a bunch of C-players.

8. Have dumb rules. I did not say have no rules; I specified dumb rules. Great employees want to have guidelines and direction, but they don’t want to have rules that get in the way of doing their jobs or that conflict with the values the company says are important.

7. Don’t recognize outstanding performance and contributions. Remember Psychology 101: Behavior you want repeated should be rewarded immediately.

6. Don’t have any fun at work. Where’s the written rule that says work has to be serious? If you find it, rip it to shreds and stomp on it, because the notion that work cannot be fun is actually counterproductive. The workplace should be fun. Find ways to make work and/or the work environment more relaxed and fun, and you will have happy employees who look forward to coming to work each day.

5. Don’t keep your people informed. You’ve got to communicate not only the good, but also the bad and the ugly. If you don’t tell them, the rumor mill will.

4. Micromanage. Tell them what you want done and how you want it done. Don’t tell them why it needs to be done and why their job is important. Don’t ask for their input on how it could be done better.

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15 Simplest Acts of Leadership by Tanmay Vora


1. Smile. It is a universal language of compassion, care and love.  
2. Greet people by their names. 
3. Share positive feedback about the work they are doing. 
4. Ask them about their advice on a critical problem.
5. Listen with an intent to understand.
6. Learn about them, their work, their process and their challenges.

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Four Ways to Create Unflinching Boldness by Dan Rockwell


Timid people achieve less than bold.

Boldness builds the future. Fear stalls progress and congeals the past. Fear is survival mode. Boldness is opportunity mode.

4 Ways to Build Boldness:

1. Prepare people for future challenges with training.Provide mentors.Celebrate mistakes caused by boldness.Most importantly fill people with hope.

2. Don’t press timid people to be bold – Give them hope and they will be bold.

3. Boldness follows hope. Hope is facing the future believing you’ll win. Napoleon Bonaparte said, “A leader is a dealer in hope.” Timid people don’t believe they can win.

4. People who believe they can win keep working to win.

10 Ways to Build Hope:

1. Believe in them more than they believe in themselves.

2. Do things that matter. Never complete bland tasks; always achieve meaningful vision.

3. Remember past successes. “Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent,” Mignon McLaughlin.

4. Pat people on the back.

5. Celebrate small wins, every day. Small wins create big wins.

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12 Fatal Flaws That Derail Leaders by Lolly Daskal

Nobody’s perfect, but there are some flaws that are sudden death to good leadership.

As you work through your strengths and weaknesses, capabilities and limits, make sure you’re steering clear of these dangerous habits:

1. Not setting the example.

When you set yourself apart and fail to “walk your talk,” people disconnect. Everything starts with you.

2. Not having a strong vision.

Without a vision you understand and can articulate clearly, you can’t impart a sense of purpose and direction to others.

3. Not building people skills.

It’s great to be smart, but if you can’t be honest and open, if you can’t control your emotions or connect with others, you leave a trail of doubt and stress behind you.

4. Not communicating.

If you can’t clearly say what you need from people and why you need it, you’re never going to get the results you want.

5. Delegating badly or not at all.

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