failure

How Much Do You Validate Your Team?

It’s important to take the time to congratulate your team on a job done well. When they perform well it’s imperative to tell them that they did a good job. But how do you keep your team motivated when they … Read more

Innovation Requires a Safe Place to Fail

Innovation is a big buzzword today. People are saying how important it is to innovate. But innovation doesn’t just happen. It has to be properly cultivated. Because innovation requires a safe place to fail. Today employers demand innovation of their … Read more

Start Over by Being Brutally Honest with Yourself

At the beginning of the year, I did an analysis of my year. I looked at how the past year stacked up. I reviewed my goals for the year and determined how I did. Not all were wins or losses: … Read more

Do Not Worry About the Next Step

Many people want to move forward, but they are worried about making the next step. They are concerned that they will make a mistake. Or look foolish. Or both. But the only way to move forward is to be willing … Read more

No Self-Condemnation for Failure

It is not an option whether or not you will fail in life. I guarantee that you will fail at something. The question is: How will you process that failure? Will you let failure teach you? Or will you respond … Read more

The Top Ten Steps to Success

I love reading motivational quotes and slogans. But recently I came across The Top Ten Steps to Success, and I thought this one was too good not to share. I do not know who the original author is, but I … Read more

You Don’t Have to Know What’s In Between

You can learn something for your professional career from the Oreo Mystery Flavor. Last fall Oreo announced a contest where the cookie brand offered everyone who submitted the correct flavor on their website could earn a chance to win $50,000. … Read more

How You Can Clean Up Your Mess and Start Over

Sometimes things don’t go quite as you planned. Or they completely flop. And you have to clean up your mess. And figure out how to start over. It’s never easy to deal with disappointment—or even outright failure. It’s tempting to … Read more

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Soon after my book Dear Boss: What Your Employees Wish You Knew became a #1 best seller in three categories, my thinking went into a downward spiral. I developed a defeatist attitude about the book, about myself, and about life. … Read more

How to Overcome Past Failures

Most people settle for what they can achieve in life. They don’t become all that they can be. Because they are not able to overcome past failures. Failure is not something we should fear. Instead we should look at failure … Read more