Having read an article about Seattle Seahawks coach, Pete Carroll's post game comments; "It really took me getting fired a couple times, getting kicked in the butt, to get to where I am now.” I realized that getting fired wasn’t the worst thing in the world, and resolved to double up on my self-awareness, and loosen the necktie just a bit going forward. A Chinese proverb suggests that, “A man without a smile must not open a shop.” That applies just as much to the role of a leader as it does a shopkeeper.
It happens fairly regularly. I’ll hand my business card to someone, wait a beat, and watch them smile as they read my title - Chief Encouragement Officer.
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