Defeats that can lead to success.

26 10 2016

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” ~ Maya Angelou

We’ve all been hit with a “gut punch” at many times in our lives.  It might (hopefully not) be of the physical violence kind, but it’s often a more metaphorical punch.  It could be the car that breaks down when you really don’t have the cash to spare.  Maybe it’s a leak in your ceiling, telling you that it’s time for a new $10,000 roof.  Possibly it’s a break-up with your significant other, with a need to find a place to stay because you’re, as George Thorogood said “outdoors now” (He gives a great concert if you can find it).

Leaders, here in the workplace we get the occasional gut-punch, too.  Maybe it’s a transfer to a new team that you don’t want to be on.  Maybe you lose your most reliable “right hand” employee.  Budget cuts are always fun, when they are mandated.  Keep in mind that first, It’s just a job.  Don’t take these punches as a personal insult.  You’re a leader, and making leader money, because it’s expected that you’ll come up against challenges that need to be overcome.  Second, you’ve got to keep the fact that you got punched from your face, and your behavior.  We leaders need to show that regardless of the challenges, we’re up for the task, and will not be defeated.  If you cant handle the pressure, you might just be driven to find “one bourbon, one scotch, and one beer” (not an ideal coping mechanism!).

Speaking of encounters…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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