Courage Blog

18
May

Courage Leadership—A Lifestyle Choice

Courage leadership is a lifestyle choice. Ask yourself: “Why would I want to exhibit the efficiency that courage leadership enables?” You will discover that there is an direct correlation between your “courage quotient” and your “success quotient.” When you begin to live in the present you can recognize when you are selling your soul. For example, people assume that finding

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4
May

Segment #12: Embrace Faith

Wouldn’t it be nice if you knew a saint, such as St. Teresa of Avila? You could meet for a cup of herbal tea and talk about the aspects of working in an enlightened work environment. Hold on! Saints started out as ordinary people; then, their purpose unfolded. The difference between the saints and most of us is that they

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27
Apr

Segment #11: Overcome Illness or Loss

1.  Do the challenges you face seem so daunting that you have allowed your unique talents and unlimited potential to wither away in neglect? 2.  Has self-neglect robbed you of the inner strength to act in your own best interests? If you answered “Yes” to either of these questions, you can begin to strengthen your spirit and overcome the obstacle

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20
Apr

Segment #10: Confront Abuse

Recognizing first red flags that undermine success such as a client trying to discount your services or alter your course of action is a critical courage action. To stand in your dignity and confront a red flag means denial is not an option. Denial is a form of self-abuse that creates suffering depicted in sleepless nights. Denial is probably the

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15
Apr

Segment #9: Live Convictions

One working woman told me that applying her courage at work requires that she demonstrate daily an unconditional commitment to her beliefs, values and ideals. This is not an easy commitment to maintain, especially if you are stuck in invisibility—an obstacle to courageous action. Are you willing to showcase your talents, take a chance, face failure, overcome rejection and say

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6
Apr

Segment #8: Reinvent Self

One of the keys to productivity is to have the courage to do things differently. That is probably why many traditional organizations are constantly trying to reinvent their leadership models and redefine expectations. Strategizing means the ability to re-create daily, not just during the annual budget meeting at corporate headquarters. There’s a tendency for people to naturally know this. Rather

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31
Mar

Segment #7: Reveal Vulnerability

The storms that enter a courageous person’s work life offer opportunities for an honest assessment of what I call the “vulnerability meter.” This vulnerability indicator comes in many forms, such as acknowledging unhappiness, learning to move on through disastrous events and learning not to manipulate failures or mistakes. While this may seem like a sensible behavior pattern for anyone who

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23
Mar

Segment #6: Conquer Fear

True fear is a survival signal that sounds only in the presence of danger; yet, our culture is stuck in the creation of dualities, such as courage or fear (pretty/ugly, peace/disaster or bad/good). In other words, our culture perpetuates, “You can’t have courage without fear.” Not true! If you go to work and learn your biggest client has gone to

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17
Mar

Segment #5: Speak Up

People at work witness what we stand for, and straight (unambiguous) talk gets attention. Why? Because this type of candor is uncomfortable for most people. Most people are also stunned when they hear candor which is why candor is one of twelve cousins to courage. Speaking with courage means learning to speak with your own voice, to express the truth that

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10
Mar

Segment #4: Reflect Self-Esteem

All your actions reflect who you are and what you stand for. If you’re repeating a certain behavior that you don’t like, don’t editorialize! Look inside and ask, “What old script needs adjusting?” To move out of an old “B movie” that old scripts inflict, sharpen your skills and abilities through education, reading and training, and surround yourself with the

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