Consequences of a Micromanager

How many of us have worked for a micromanager? How many of us have worked for a leader that has the mentality of, “They can’t do it right so I’ll just do it myself!” This sort of leadership is all too common and one of my core wishes is to help coach, teach, and counsel these types that there is a better way to everyday life in the workplace. These types of leaders absolutely suck the life and breath out of great team members every single day and really don’t know they are doing that. As a result, there is this negative downward cycle of them continually thinking they have to manage their people’s every move each day to keep them productive, and the person on the receiving end has this non-s

Attack the Problem, Not the Person

How many times have we been furiously angry at our kids or spouse or team member, to the point of total uncontrollable attack mode spewing venomous words and nails like an automatic air gun nailer!? Well if you haven't, I've got ya covered!! But thank goodness I am on Nels version 10.0! This slide is my reminder to count to 1000, or walk away, or go to bed and sleep on it, whatever it takes to not spew poison at that other living, breathing, human being. Anger is a form of poison and often causes us to say and do things to people when we think they have done something wrong or created a problem. And when we do that we think we are going to fix the problem, but all we do is create anger and f

Tomorrow is the Most Important Thing in Life

I was reminded of this slide late last week after meeting a good man at one of my talks in North Dakota. I got to visiting with a gentleman Thursday evening, and in my usual way, I like to ask a lot of questions and see what I can learn from people and their life, and in doing so, discovered this man should be dead from a simple toothache that resulted in what we call a vegetative endocarditis (infection in the heart), that a piece of the infection to break loose and caused him to have a severe stroke. He was paralyzed on his left side, unable to speak, and still had a lesion in his heart to get removed without causing any further strokes. This sort of event literally stops "life as one know

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