Reflections on Leadership

Money in Outrage

An episode of Reflections on Leadership

By Karl Bimshas
Karl Bimshas is a leadership advisor, writer and no BS accountability partner. His consulting firm challenges clients to be better leaders. He shares quick reflections on leadership to challenge your perspective, provide inspiration, and give insights to help busy professionals manage better and lead well.
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How to Apologize
Admitting you were wrong, then fixing your mistakes is difficult. That (and ego) is one of the reasons people often do a lousy job apologizing. No, “Saying your sorry don’t make it right.” If you goofed, personally or professionally, here are the things you need to do. *** Read the blog post here => How to Apologize: A Periodic Reminder *** Join the "Reflections on Leadership" group page on Facebook If you're listening on the platform you can leave an audio comment or make a donation and become a podcast supporter *** Learn more about Karl Bimshas Consulting and stay up to date when you join the mailing list *** Twitter: Instagram: LinkedIn Business Page: *** Leadership Swag: Visit Leadershirts and wear your leadership philosophy on your sleeve. Books by Karl Bimshas: *** Thank you. Keep advancing confidently in the direction of your dreams and help others along the way.
January 15, 2019
If everyone in the room looks just like you, you’re not learning much. Make room at your table, or find room at theirs. Your ideas, solutions, and leadership will be stronger. *** Join the "Reflections on Leadership" group page on Facebook If you're listening  on the platform you can leave an audio comment or make a donation and become a podcast supporter *** Learn more about Karl Bimshas Consulting and stay up to date when you join the mailing list *** Twitter: Instagram: LinkedIn Business Page: *** Thank you. Keep advancing confidently in the direction of your dreams and help others along the way.
January 10, 2019
Three Words
You can set a theme for your year to make it far more meaningful for you. Need help finding the words? Pick one of your values, one of your skills, and one of your aspirations. *** Join the "Reflections on Leadership" group page on Facebook If you're listening  on the platform you can leave an audio comment or make a donation and become a podcast supporter *** Learn more about Karl Bimshas Consulting and stay up to date when you join the mailing list *** Twitter: Instagram: LinkedIn Business Page: *** Thank you. Keep advancing confidently in the direction of your dreams and help others along the way.
January 3, 2019
Top 5 Episodes from 2018
Over the year we have shared nearly 100 thoughts, insights, or challenges designed to grow your perspective and help you to manage better and lead well. Here are the top five most popular Reflections on Leadership in 2018 • #5 It's All A Gift  • #4 BS Leaders Need Not Apply  • #3 Are You Amazing?  • #2 The 4 Cs of Leadership Development  • #1 Passion on a Pedestal  If you're a loyal listener, thank you, it means a lot. If you're new, welcome. We have a lot of plan for 2019.  Have a Happy New Year! *** You can support this show by visiting and subscribing. To learn more about Karl Bimshas and his brand of leadership consulting visit ***
December 28, 2018
Dyslexia, Dysthymia, and Determination
"There are things contained within that are not perfect." Navigate your challenges in your own way. *** Ready to manage better and lead well? Visit *** Leave leadership questions or comments here => Thank you for your support!
December 23, 2018
How to Desuckify Your Goals
Goals are important, but you won't achieve them if they suck. Here are 12 points that will help you set and achieve a great goal. *** Visit for more tools, ideas, and insights to help you manage better and lead well. Enjoying these episodes? You can support this show by sharing it with others or with a small monthly donation by going to *** Send in a note, comment or suggestions. It's nice to hear from listeners who are having success.
December 13, 2018
Ignore the Phonies
Why, "Meh, I'm good," isn't good enough and "fake it 'til you make it," is honest. *** Great leadership starts with you. Learn more about you at Karl Bimshas Consulting => *** Like this episode? You can support this show with a small monthly donation. It helps sustain future episode. Go here => *** Send in a note or comment. It's nice to hear from people who are having success with this.
December 9, 2018
Miserable People
Don't live a life of "quiet desperation." Don't give up. Don't defer your great goals. *** Learn more about Karl Bimshas => *** Like this episode? One way you can support this show is with a small monthly donation to help sustain future episodes. =>
December 4, 2018
The Chicken and The Pig
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December 2, 2018
What Makes a Lousy Leader?
31 Attributes to rate your leaders. You can download the Assessment of Select Leadership Attributes here => If you like this show, please share it with others. If you’re listening on leave and review or send us an audio comment or question. Thank you,
November 30, 2018
Vision Passion Action
To achieve exceptional performance you need the magical combination of vision, passion, and action. For more information on candid, affordable leadership development and accountability, visit
November 27, 2018
Lighthouse or Silo?
Leadership is not about being bigger than your surroundings. It is about the size of the influence you have where you stand. Do you act like a lighthouse or a silo? Learn more leadership development tools and tips at
November 26, 2018
Your Theme
Have you set a theme for your next project? Stuck? Pick one value, one skill, and one aspiration. Thanks for listening, please share with others, and leave us a review.
November 17, 2018
Bring a S.I.D.E. of Leadership
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November 15, 2018
Your Uniqueness
What makes you unique? Ask people: "I'm working on my personal development, and my coach is insisting I ask ten people, so at the risk of sounding arrogant, what do you think makes me unique? First thought is best. Don't worry about offending or flattering me." Like this show? Subscribe and share. If Reflections on Leadership is helpful to you, leave a five star review, and if your listening on, consider a donation to help make the show even better. Go, advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and help others along the way.
November 11, 2018
Luck and Good Fortune
Instead of looking for it - secretly provide it to others.
November 9, 2018
This episode of Reflections on Leadership, recorded on November 4, 2018 , revisits a post first written on November 4, 2008. See if you can recognize what changes and what has remained the same. Either way, this year, and every year, vote. It is the self-leadership each citizen must exercise. For more essays like this, read, "So, I've Been Thinking" the first of three volumes in the leadership essays series, available on Amazon => For more information on Karl Bimshas, visit If you haven't already, please subscribe to this show wherever you listen to your podcasts, and if you enjoy these episodes, leave a review. It really helps. Thank you, lead well.
November 5, 2018
Less Until and More Unless
Pay attention to how often your here "I can't until ..." Better to use, "I won't unless ..." Unless" creates options. "Until" limits choice. "Can't" is abdicating while "Won't" is ownership.
November 4, 2018
Are You Amazing?
There's really only one person who matters who has to think you're amazing, and that's you.
November 3, 2018
Expectations, Keep 'em High
You can lower your expectations and never feel disappointment, or you can raise your expectations and manage your disappointments… like an adult.
November 2, 2018
Be More Discerning
When you are discerning, you create a set of standards for yourself.
November 1, 2018
Many Ways
Not doing it your way doesn't make it wrong, it just makes it different. There are many ways to do many things.
October 31, 2018
Believe in People Who Believe in You
These people are not wearing rose-colored glasses or putting you on a pedestal.
October 30, 2018
Do Your Thing
Do your thing. Keep doing it, every day and exceptionally well.
October 17, 2018
Money in Outrage
There's money in outrage, but results come from taking action, not fuming at what is.
October 17, 2018
Workplace Dysfunction
There are four common triggers I regularly see playing out in the workplace. Yes, there are plenty of others, but these four are prevalent. Ineffective Communication, Ego Protection, Fear of Uncertainty, and Rewarding Off Purpose.
October 4, 2018
Fail Well
A reminder, if you are not afraid to fail, you are already a stronger leader than most.
October 3, 2018
7 Simple Truths
Create a code of conduct for yourself. If you don't, you become suceptible to others which will result in unnecessary inner and outer conflicts.
September 30, 2018
Leadership Isn't a Game
Leadership isn't a game, it's a lifestyle. You practice leadership - you don't perfect it.
September 29, 2018
It's All A Gift
List three things you are grateful for and remind yourself throughout the day.
September 24, 2018
About Perfection
Leaders aren't perfect - but the good ones try.
September 23, 2018
The Wave
The wave doesn't care if you are standing in front of it. It doesn't speed up to try and knock you over. It doesn't slow down and attempt to spare you.
September 22, 2018
Help or Not?
Every person must learn the balance between the instinct to help versus, "It's none of your damn business."
September 21, 2018
Success Doesn't Happen All at Once
Neither does failure. It is hundreds of little decisions, conversations, actions, and thoughts that make or break you.
September 20, 2018
The World Is Not Against You
Keep your goals, ambition, desire, and work-ethic, but shift the reasoning. Help others instead of just yourself.
September 19, 2018
Watch Me Succeed
A quick story of how a dear friend evolved from "Let me fail" to "Watch me succeed" and how what we seek, we tend to find. Visit to learn more ways you can act on purpose and achieve your goals.
September 7, 2018
Small Steps
Immediate results are rare and seldom last. Thrive with discipline.
September 3, 2018
Check Your Alignment
Do you and your organization have complementary visions? Do the missions support or oppose each other? Do the values matchup congruently, or is there a disconnect? In what ways do you reward, recognize, and revitalize yourself? Is it akin to how the company does the same, or do you both ignore this important activity? Karl Bimshas can be found at
August 15, 2018
Before You Whine
1. Do you have a goal you're working on? 2. Are you actively working on improving yourself and your surroundings? 3. Are you accepting responsibility for your decisions? 4. Can you identify three things you're grateful for? Give yourself 25 points for each question answered affirmatively.
August 14, 2018
Serious Leadership
Take leadership seriously and yourself lightly.
August 13, 2018
Rejecting Leadership
I can't blame you, you might have lousy role models, be disillusioned with former heroes, or maybe it feels like too much of a burden. The thing is, if you're a good leader, even potentially a good leader, don't throw it away. The world needs you.
July 29, 2018
14 Reasons
Here are 14 common reasons people call on Karl Bimshas Consulting for Leadership Development. How many apply for you? Reach out to us at
July 28, 2018
Don't Be Afraid to Lead
I come across a lot of capable people who are afraid to lead. That's too bad. When you get the chance to lead, I want you to take it.
July 27, 2018
Two Lousy Leaders
When a good leader turns a blind eye to a bad leader, you have two lousy leaders.
July 26, 2018
Be Outspoken
Diplomacy and tact are worthy pursuits. It doesn't harm you to slow down and provide a little thought before spouting off something that could be hurtful to others. Strengthen your resolve to give and receive feedback with grace and graciousness and you will eliminate animosity, find quicker solutions to problems and destructive patterns, see with fresh eyes, and often build stronger more meaningful relationships.
July 25, 2018
Falling Prey to Lousy Leadership
The path some powerful, warm hearted people take leads them away from their true goals. The cause is lousy leadership and the result is the birth of an adversary. Becoming a lousy leader is easy. Resist the temptation. Learn to manage better and lead well at
July 24, 2018
Empathy and Curiosity
Two traits a lousy leader cannot comprehend and a great leader uses instinctively. Sign up for our newsletter. Receive inspiring articles, free tools, and new ideas you can access on your smartphone or computer.
July 16, 2018
Must Be Present to Win
Every day there is more history being made. The future remains unwritten. Your best course is to be mindful and present. If you like "Reflections on Leadership" please rate, subscribe, and share. It really helps.
July 15, 2018
Be a Better Gatekeeper
Stop taking random advice from people. Be a better gatekeeper and pay attention to those who make you think, laugh, and take action. Preferably all three.
July 13, 2018
Don't Just Sit There. Think About It!
When was the last time you sat down and thought? Real, honest-to-goodness calorie burning thinking?
July 11, 2018
Passion on a Pedestal
Stop seeking passion. It will elude you until it sees you working. When you put passion on a pedestal, you rob vision and action of their equal due.
July 10, 2018
New Day
When you are on purpose, the dawn of each day is filled with potential and excitement.
July 9, 2018
Your 90 Day Review
Here are 9 ways to reflect on and measure the progress you are making in your life over the last 90 days.
July 1, 2018
The 4 Cs of Leadership Development
There are four parts of leadership development. Make it a goal to work on one or more of these areas of leadership development every day and you will expand your influence in ways you never expected.
June 28, 2018
What's Your Plan
It's tempting to slow down over the Summer months. It's also a bad move. Use the time to catch up or surge ahead.
June 27, 2018
BS Leaders Need Not Apply
Lousy leaders come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but the ones I detest the most are those who treat people as if they were disposable. You know the type; usually barrel-chested man-babies, who surround themselves with toys in an effort to inflate their social status. Visit to learn how to manage better and lead well.
June 13, 2018
13 Months
I keep a baker's dozen of empty Wellbutrin bottles in my closet and look at them once in awhile, to remind myself of the 13 months of hellish depression I went through several years ago. 13 months is a blink of the eye that takes place over an eternity. The daily battles were real, unwanted, and not simply thought away with happy platitudes. Depression is conquerable, although your pride will not serve you. You need others.
June 12, 2018
Under Appreciating
Encouragement and appreciation or not difficult things for good leaders to express. Lousy leaders however, can't do either unless they see a way it benefits themselves. Don't be that way.
June 9, 2018
Visceral Leadership
I have a visceral reaction to leadership that has never let me down. It operates on both extremes of the continuum. There will always be lousy leaders, but great leaders can reduce their destructive destructive influence every day.
June 7, 2018
Why? Because you want to!
If you are pursuing YOUR wants and desires, that is sufficient reason. As an adult, you no longer have to allow yourself to be bullied into justifying your why.
June 3, 2018
Up Your Average
Regularly add and delete people from your personal board of advisors, otherwise you'll stop growing.
June 2, 2018
Exploiting Leadership
Effective leadership isn't a one and done exercise. It is an ongoing process, and could be argued, a lifestyle. Don't use it as a bluff to sell your stuff.
June 1, 2018
Every Day is Beautiful
Never deny your emotions. Never deny your dreams. Every day is beautiful, no matter how bleak it seems.
May 31, 2018
Find a Way to Laugh
Take yourself lightly and remember, lessons with laughter last longer.
May 30, 2018
The Myth of Ease
Excellent practitioners of any craft make it look easy to the casual observer.
May 20, 2018
Pricey Mission
Very few companies make sure there's alignment between their words and deeds. Creating a vision mission and values is not an administrative box to check. It's your culture.
May 16, 2018
Drafting Your Master Plan:
Drafting Your Master Plan: 5 Steps to help you decide what is most important for you to pursue in the next 1, 3, 5 and 10 years. Adapted from a popular workshop, Karl Bimshas walks you through Drafting a Master Plan to build a better year for yourself. FREE pdf companion guide available for download at
May 15, 2018
"Let Me Fail."
You must always allow people to develop and expand their capacity, pursue their interests, and support their dreams.
May 10, 2018
What Kind of Leader Do You Want to Be?
Begin to think about the kind of leader you must, intend, want, or need to be. As you think about it, you will demonstrate the attributes you find important.
May 7, 2018
Your Values Drive Your Behavior
When there's a mismatch between your values and your behavior, you are not being your authentic self and will not reach your optimal potential.
May 6, 2018
Start with Love
When you're leading, start with love and a generous spirit.
May 5, 2018
How You Become Successful Matters
Success requires achieving the desired result AND helping others along the way.
May 4, 2018
If You Cannot Listen, You Cannot Lead
You would be amazed at what you can learn when you close your mouth and listen.
May 2, 2018
Raise Your Expectations
Don't lower your expectations to avoid disappointment -- it's demeaning.
May 1, 2018
Enjoy Leading or Don't Lead
Not every day is sunshine and unicorns. Lead anyway.
April 23, 2018
Simple Rule
Ask yourself what a lousy leader would do, then make damn sure you don't do that.
April 20, 2018
You've Got This
Effective leaders persevere through crisis and stay fixated on their goal, not the path.
April 18, 2018
Something Missing?
Things should be going better ... but something is missing. Check your leadership.
March 30, 2018
Sometimes You Are Wrong
You are not infallible. You make mistakes. It is uncomfortable. You will recover.
March 30, 2018
Be The Better Option
You defeat lousy leadership with better leadership. Smug rhetoric and incoherent arguments do not contain better ideas.
March 28, 2018
You Always Make a Difference
If you don't think you do ... keep thinking until you find a way you can. Then go do that. Work on your purpose, live your values, and lead well.
March 25, 2018
Be Ready to Lead
Leaders lead. No matter the circumstance. Given the opportunity, they take it.
March 23, 2018
Lugubrious Leadership is Pitiful
Leadership should be fun. Don't be dour and sour-faced.
March 22, 2018
You Have a Voice. Use It.
Your wants and needs are not less valuable than someone else's. Leaders don't get walked over. You have a voice. Use it. You have a preference. Choose it.
March 21, 2018
Monday Excitement
If you aren't excited each Monday, you're working on the wrong stuff.
March 19, 2018
Lead People Who Disagree With You
Leading a group of yes-men isn't particularly impressive.
March 19, 2018
How You Doin'?
When was the last time you asked someone how they were doing? When you start a conversation, ask about them - not you.
March 18, 2018
What a Great Goal Does
Stay focused on your purpose, strengthen your skills, grow your confidence, and build your integrity.
March 16, 2018
Fix It!
Good leaders know when they've screwed up. And the work hard to do something lousy leaders don't. They fix it.
March 15, 2018
Head and Heart in Leadership
If you can't choose between the head and the heart, pick the heart and trust the head to find a way to figure it out.
March 13, 2018
Are You Bad for Business?
This message is for bosses who don't treat people well.
March 12, 2018
You Don't Need Permission to Lead
You Don't Need Permission to Lead. You need purpose. Don't wait ...
March 11, 2018
Start to Give a Damn
The simplest way to become a better leader. Start to give a damn.
March 1, 2018
5 Traits of Lousy Executives
Here are five reasons some lousy leaders don't put other poor performers on corrective action. Arrogance. Fearfulness. Cluelessness. Negligence. Abdication. Don't be like them.
February 9, 2018
Keep Your Standards High
There's a lot of things leaders have to do. The effective ones do them, even though they are not easy.
January 28, 2018
Knowing Your Values
Values help with decision-making. When you pay attention to your body, you'll learn when your supporting your goals, and when your sabotaging them. Good leaders aren't afraid of no. They believe, "It's better to know no, now."
January 24, 2018
You Can Thank Your Lousy Boss
You've worked for a lousy boss at some point in your career. What have you learned from them?
January 17, 2018
Stop Pretending ...
Stop Pretending You Want High Performance. Too often there's a convergence of lousy leadership and the acceptance of mediocrity. We've got to break out of the cycle. Be a better role model. Stop stifling your talents to meet the lowest common denominator. Don't lower your expectations because you want less disappointment- raise them and forgive imperfections along the way.
November 13, 2017
Lousy Leadership is Expensive
The biggest problem with lousy leaders is that they diminish everything they touch, including other leaders. If you agree lousy Leadership is expensive, go on a cost-cutting mission.
November 7, 2017
You Goofed. Now What?
Apologizing isn't weak, unless it's a weak apology. It this episode, learn the six elements sincere apologies share. Listen for them in others and use them yourself to rebuild after your mistake.
October 28, 2017
#MeToo Under Your Watch?
How many #MeToo Experiences Happened Under Your Watch? If nothing else, the awareness campaign should have opened your eyes to offensive behavior.
October 25, 2017
Leaders Ask
Leaders don't lack uncertainty. That doesn't immobilize them; it emboldens them. Learn eight tools at their disposal. Adopt their thinking and you can use them too.
October 24, 2017
Be Less of a Jerk
That may be the most simplistic leadership advice you'll ever receive. So why then, is it so hard to achieve? Karl Bimshas walks you through how being a leader with class is a better way to go.
October 13, 2017
Don't F.U.D.G.E It
Fear | Uncertainty | Doubt | Grief | Excuses all strong human tendencies that lousy leaders exploit. There's a better way. Don't exploit people and tear them down. Instead, lift them up.
October 10, 2017
Bring Your Artist to Work
You probably (hopefully) bring your head and hand to work, but what about your heart? It's the missing link. Bring your artist to work and challenge the current thinking.
October 2, 2017
Planning for a Great Team
In this episode we discuss team and how to plan for a great one ahead of time by outlining a roadmap or charter.
October 1, 2017
The Leadership Scorecard
Lousy leadership and effective leadership can be highly subjective. Karl Bimshas Consulting's Leadership Scorecard brings some objectivity to the mix.
September 29, 2017
Snakebite and Venom
In this edition of Reflections on Leadership, Karl Bimshas shares, "Snakebite and Venom" a short story. You are likely one of the characters, but is it the one you want to be?
September 27, 2017
You're a Role Model
You may not know it, like it, or asked for it, but it doesn't matter. You are someone's role model. Can you handle it?
September 13, 2017
Build Your Gratitude Muscles
Effective leaders understand and demonstrate gratitude. If you've become flabby in that department, it's time to go on an appreciation rampage. #gratitude #leadership
September 12, 2017
Add SPICE to Your Decisions
Not everyone can make decisions easily or that make sense. Use the SPICE method to increase your odds. Download other leadership tools from Karl Bimshas Consulting at
September 9, 2017
You Might Be A Lousy Leader
The habits that make us unhappy are similar to traits I see in lousy leaders. Do you have any of them? Flip through "Reflections on Leadership" by Karl Bimshas for more.
September 8, 2017
You Might Be A Lousy Leader
Habits can help make you happy but bad habits could make you a lousy leader. Check out our Flipboard magazine, "Reflections on Leadership" for more articles to help you lead well
September 8, 2017
The Three Legged Stool
As leader of any kind of organization there are three areas you need to keep your attention on. Customer Satisfaction, Employee Satisfaction, and Profitable Revenue Growth. Neglect one and you wobble
September 7, 2017
Plan Do Socialize Recharge
Have a lingering problem? You have four options; Plan, Do, Socialize, or Recharge. Two of them you've never considered before. Give one a try.
September 5, 2017
18 Lame Excuses
18 Lame Excuses we tell ourselves to keep us from trying something new with non-nonsense remedies to get you to take action instead.
September 4, 2017
Goal size doesn't matter.
Goal Size Doesn't Matter. If you're not going to work on it, the size of your goal is irrelevant. If you want to achieve it, you've got to put in the effort.
September 4, 2017
Have A POV and act on purpose
Have a Point of View and Act on Purpose.
September 2, 2017
6 Words of Advice for Writers
In this Reflections on Leadership, Karl Bimshas shares his six words of Advice for Writers (and leaders)
September 1, 2017
Help Others Who Are Lost
A quick reminder: As a leader, make it a point to help others who are lost.
August 31, 2017
Get Your Ships Together!
Get Your Ships Together!
August 30, 2017
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