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Fear of Failure: Name It, Claim It, Reframe It

Who hasn’t dealt with fear of failure in one’s career, at one time or another? Several process-oriented changes can lessen the effects of failure or reduce its likelihood. In general, conquering fear of failure is a process of naming it, claiming it and reframing it. Robert Kelsey, author of What’s Stopping You?: Why Smart People […]
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Fear of Failure: Perspective Is Everything

Living with frequent fear of failure is a significant personal struggle. While fear may not be completely eliminated, it can be overcome. A major shift in perspective is required—something with which an experienced leadership coach can assist you. Robert Kelsey, author of What’s Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don’t Always Reach Their Potential and How […]
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What Causes Fear of Failure?

I’ve been discussing leaders’ challenges and a big one is fear of failure, even though many refuse to admit to anyone they might feel it. Robert Kelsey, author of What’s Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don’t Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can (Capstone, 2012), offers some background on causes. I think he offers […]
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How Leaders Recognize Fear of Failure

Fear of failure has several telltale—and observable—signs. You’re likely to set your ambitions too low or too high, explains entrepreneurship expert Robert Kelsey, author of What’s Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don’t Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can (Capstone, 2012). Goals set too low reflect a lack of self-confidence and a fear of […]
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The Great Leadership Challenge:
Fear of Failure

Of all the challenges leaders face, none is more pervasive yet hidden than fear of failure. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy Leadership is a tough job that requires courage. Doubts, insecurities and fears make organizational challenges more difficult and, in extreme cases, insurmountable. No matter […]
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Leadership Fear and the Stories We Tell

Speaking of leadership and the stories we tell ourselves, I recently read the following HBR interview with screenwriter Robert McKee, Storytelling that Moves People, which made me think profoundly: “The great irony of existence is that what makes life worth living does not come from the rosy side. We would all rather be lotus-eaters, but life […]
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Defeat Leadership Skepticism:
Shake Personal Bias

Can we really defeat unhealthy leadership skepticism? As I shared in my last post, skepticism is a logical and rational challenge of ideas to get to the reality or truth about a specific issue. But the typical impression we have of skepticism pertains to a close-minded, doubtful, and hard-to-convince mentality. This often stems from a fear […]
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Defeating Leadership Skepticism

Should we be defeating leadership skepticism? Skepticism takes on several forms; some are advantageous, and some are detrimental. In its truest sense, skepticism is a logical and rational challenge of ideas to get to the reality or truth about a specific issue. Leaders with such a constructive, critical eye possess a positive strength, especially in a fast-paced […]
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Here’s How a Good-Enough Culture Takes Root

In my previous post on a “good-enough” culture, I explored the many ways mediocrity wastes billions of dollars in organizations. Like most organizational culture, it flows down from the top of the organization. It takes root when leaders believe that a “good-enough” approach is acceptable.
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Why Receiving Feedback Is Hard

Most leaders are resistant when receiving feedback, in spite of what they verbalize—and from what I observe, this is a continuing leadership challenge. We generally don’t want to receive difficult information about ourselves, so issues go unresolved and challenges grow deeper. When staff are afraid to approach certain subjects, trust and unity suffer. Yet leaders […]
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