November 2006 Archives

TIME Photographer Yuri Kozyrev documents the good-luck charms carried by the soldiers of Kilo Company, Third Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment serving in Iraq.

$25 makes a small difference.

There isn't much in the world that hasn't happened before (except for man-made global warming) that we can't learn about by reading our history.

Nancy Pelosi recent misstep is not the end of the world. She was being true to her heart, which is not a bad thing in itself.

But there is a lesson to be learned for all leaders from Pelosi: when you get to a higher position, you must grow with it.

And that's the lesson from Marshall Goldsmith's new book: What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful.

Executives who hire Goldsmith for one-on-one coaching pay $250,000 for the privilege. With this book, his help is available for 1/10,000th of the price.

Anyone who thinks they're a leader should read it carefully.

Truth, Fear and Consequences

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Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

I think it was Einstein who said that, but I could be wrong. Doesn't matter, it sounds good.

These days we live in a culture of fear: fear in classroom, in the boardroom, at work, in society, sometimes even at home. But what are we afraid of?

Here's a list of fears:

- fear of failure
- fear of criticism
- fear of ridicule
- fear of sickness
- fear of loss
- fear of old age
- fear of death

The list just goes on. You name it, and our minds can find a way to fear it.

Bottom line, we are afraid of the truth.

Why? Because it destroys the story we have created for ourselves. It shakes up the cocoon of complacency we spin around ourselves.

That's what I like about one of my clients - Byron Katie. She is fearless. Nothing that happens in the world seems to daunt her. So how do you live without fear? Where would you be without your fear, as KT might say?

If you weren't afraid, what would you do? What actions would you take? Well, go ahead and do it. Accept the consequences. Life is too short to be scared.

Recently I got in trouble with a client when I told them I didn't like something they were patting themselves on the back about. I knew that my criticism could end my relationship with the client. And yet I did it anyway. Why? Because in the long run, the truth now is better than truth later. Better to hurt a few feelings now than to let the marketplace hurt the client later. And if the client doesn't understand, that's fine too. I accept the consequences.

Wasn't it Blake who said: "opposition is true friendship"? Maybe that's going too far.

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