By: Tom Newhouse in Leadership, 12 months ago

A Shot is a poignant leadership tip from “a rifle.”  Yes, leadership coach, Tom Newhouse, uses a rifle from his farming heritage to “tell it like it is.” —­­

I DIDN’T DO IT, but I was forgiven.  Actually, it was my shotgun buddy who shot Tommy.  He didn’t mean to, but when butt hits concrete, discharge is likely—an accident.  We were blamed even though we are merely tools.  Tommy never faulted us though.  Years later, I enjoyed several afternoons of shooting with him.  Though once burdened by guilt—because I was present when it all went down—I was freed and could relax in just being me.

Oh, to be forgiven!  Maybe we have done wrong or we have been wrongly accused, in either case, forgiveness sets us free.  You see, we relax knowing nothing is held against us.  Who among us does not want to be forgiven, to have a clean slate, to enjoy a fresh start?  Hey leaders, maybe you have this desire.  I hope it’s fulfilled.  Maybe you would lead out and grant forgiveness to someone and provide release.  If so, you’ll both have joy.


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