Courage

Posts with the ‘Courage’ tag

What Are Leaders Afraid Of?

Fear is a natural part of the human condition. We all have fears and anxieties that we must face.   Fear kicks in when we recognize risk. If there is a perceived or actual risk involved in an activity, fear raises up inside of us and will try to rationalize all the reasons we should avoid […]

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Four Traits Elite Teams Have In Common

“If you don’t know where you are going, how do you expect to get there.” is one of my favorite quotes of all time. We all want to lead or be part of an elite team. But what does good look like? What do elite teams have in common? How can a leader develop an […]

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Productive Conflict – What’s Your Angle?

If a team does not engage in productive conflict, I guarantee you they are not coming up with the best solutions. I sharpen a knife with friction.   As I drag a knife across a wet stone, I must maintain the proper angle in order to sharpen the knife’s edge. If I do not keep the […]

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I Trusted. I Got Burned. So What?

It stung! No doubt about it. A few months after Bob left the company, I found out he had pulled the wool over my eyes. I got burned by someone I had trusted. He faked his work activity reports. He forged signatures of clients. There were even rumors of him talking to me on the […]

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Moral Courage and Leadership

There are really two types of Courage: physical Courage and moral Courage. Physical Courage is taking action in the face of perceived or actual physical danger. In society at large, many times we automatically call a person a hero if he or she overcomes a grave physical danger, such as a fire, robbery, car accident, […]

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Imagine Leaders Who Speak With Clarity

“If you ever find yourself trying to read me, stop it.  I am not intentionally being vague.  I am just being a bad communicator at that moment.”  This statement became part of my introduction to people joining my team. Most people reacted to that statement in two ways. Some seemed relieved.  Some were confused.  Whether […]

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Two Battles All Leaders Must Fight

Character is the reason most leaders fail, but what causes most of our character failures? Why do some leaders succumb to the temptation to lie or cheat? Why do others avoid confrontations or demean their subordinates? Why do micromanagers micromanage? Honestly, most resources do not go deep enough and get to the root cause of […]

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Three Decisions That Destroy Comfort Zones and Mediocrity

“If you want to accomplish something you have never accomplished before you must start doing things you have never done before.” Those words hit me hard a few years ago. The truth is: Your Comfort Zone is Also Your Mediocrity Zone If you want to be average – if you want to be the same […]

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Three Rules To Leading Peers

“What can I do?  If I step up and try to lead my peers, I don’t think they will follow.  I’m not as direct as you are Dave. ” The quote above is representative of a lot of conversations I have inside of companies who ask for my help.  There are many people who know […]

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What’s A Shepherd Without Sheep

Question 1:  Are sheep without a shepherd still sheep?  Answer:  Yes. Question 2:  Is a shepherd without sheep still a shepherd? Answer: No. A shepherd without sheep is just a hygienically challenged man walking the countryside with a stick in his hands. Leaders:  It is the people that make you a leader not the title!

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