This is a monthly electronic magazine for anyone who wants to be a better leader, coach, facilitator, or simply, to tune up their people skills. It is a complimentary publication, devoted to the next evolution of Quality Thinking.
Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2004 ISSN # 1545-8873
“Man is not fully conditioned and determined but rather he determines himself whether he gives in to conditions or stands up to them.” — Victor Frankl
“Every time we act, even with our fear, we make room for others to do the same. Courage is contagious.” — Lappé and Perkins
“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” — Rainer Maria Rilke
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear.” — Ambrose Redmoon
It is easy to fear someone who holds our destiny in their hands. Leaders in positions of power are scanned by followers for signs of trustworthiness or lack of it. Look at all the failings of prominent leaders of late. Is it any wonder that reports cite that “Americans trust no one.” To create trust, you have to drive out fear. Be aware of your gray behaviors (see checklist below). Notice your own fears (which are communicated). Learn to lead without power. Not to control collections of human resources, but to create dynamic communities of free people (Max De Pree, 1997).
These can range from low to high intensity, making even subtle gray behaviors very threatening. Ambiguous behaviors can be as threatening as abrasive ones. Check yourself. (Ryan & Oestreich, 1998, p. 59-66).
Fear Means Go workshops: http://www.uhavethepower.org/workshops.html
Nice piece on Fear, Trust and Teams: Trust and Teams
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