— 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.” —
“COWARDS DIE MANY TIMES before their deaths, but the valiant never taste of death but once,” so said Caesar to Calpurnia in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. I’ve been there. So scared and anticipating—even processing—the worst. I would agree: I tasted death, even though I never died. Caught in the grip of fear I failed to see, and, certainly, to take advantage of any opportunities.
So, what have you missed because of the grip of fear? The grip. Fear itself is natural, and often helpful. Mustering courage in the face of fear frees you from torment. As leaders, there are many times when the path forward is not pleasant and is risky, but if it is indeed the path forward, go boldly. Be courageous. Lead well. Look not back. Rally your charges. You are not thereby guaranteed victory, but you have a better chance of securing it. Onward.