Leadership Paradox

“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: Try to please everybody all the time.”
– Herbert Bayard Swope

These Trees Never Stood A Chance
These Trees Never Stood A Chance

Trees near the Atlantic Ocean are under constant stress from the wind. And over time, they are shaped with a westerly lean. While they survive, they are indeed changed forever.

And quite possibly, they are happier and more courageous than “normal” trees. Only the trees know for sure.

What have the winds of society done to your attitude?

Made you stronger and more resilient?

Or, made you so fearful, you aren’t even conscious of it?

Time for a meeting?

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. I couldn’t help but see those trees as metaphors for Gary and some of the people I’ve met during his 14+ years of rehab following his stroke.

    As for the winds of society and the 24 hour “news” cycle, there is quite of bit of fear mongering out there. Fear can make people do some pretty crazy things. It takes more strength to show restraint than it does to react with aggression.

  2. Lorie, thanks for commenting here.
    We can not teach patience with impatience.
    We can not teach strength with fear.
    Some things are so simple, we will never figure them out.

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