We are better for having lost
You often hear leaders talk about the ‘imposter syndrome’.
This ‘condition’ has been deeply analysed. My take is relatively straightforward.
Just a few days ago, I heard USA basketball coach Gregg Popovich, when facing the media having been beaten by the Australian Boomers in an historic loss/win (depending on where you sit), say:
“We are a better team than the start of the game because of the knowledge we have gained.”
A wonderful example.
Perhaps the quote appeals to me as someone who was sacked as CEO on a couple of occasions. I have no doubt it was these setbacks, personally challenging and heartbreaking at the time, that created the path to the work I now do.
Whenever I was in doubt, I referred to theses ‘truisms’:
- Leadership is Hard
- Change is Different
- Communication is Important
- People are Human
- The Future is Tomorrow
I always enjoy the opportunity to talk all things culture and high-performance, and the development of leaders to achieve it.
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CEO & Founder
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