When Your Leader is Mentally Frozen, Get Out the Hairdryer

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David’s bucket was empty. His last drop of enthusiasm evaporated after meeting with his executive leader, Candace, for a one hour “catch up” meeting. A whole month had passed by before David was even able to get on her calendar, and he desperately needed to discuss critical issues with her.

The meeting started off with the usual rehearsed “how to engage your employee 101″ verbiage, “How’s life? Your family?” David just needed to resolve issues and gain support on a personnel issue and a project budget approval. He also wanted Candace to be fully present and realize the impact of her lack of attention to the team.