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  1. Susan Teague (reply)

    October 17, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    This is a powerful story. I wonder how many times employees have wanted to say something about an inappropriate use of power, but held back for fear of retaliation, never considering there may be people around who will back them up and encourage them as they deal with any consequences of stepping forward.

    I had a wise mentor once who told me 2 things related to this:
    1. Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
    2. Gossip is taking something to someone who can’t do anything about it. If you don’t at least attempt to have a conversation with the person who is causing your difficulty, you’re just spinning your wheels in gossip.

    Following these 2 principles, and writing out a script prior to difficult conversations, has helped me become empowered to step forward and ask for what I want. The results have led to new careers/positions, new responsibilities, and more respectful relationships.

    • Rob McCleland (reply)

      October 20, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Susan,
      You dropped an excellent leadership bomb:
      “Following these 2 principles, and writing out a script prior to difficult conversations, has helped me become empowered to step forward and ask for what I want. The results have led to new careers/positions, new responsibilities, and more respectful relationships.”
      Wow, that is such great insight. Thank you so much for giving us insight that will help our courage.

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