Fear Not

“Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.”  Marie von Ebner Eschenbach

Early in my Fortune 100 career, there was a new assignment which required that I move and inherit an existing, high-performing team.

And even though they knew much more about how things ran, they still wanted me to help them improve. They brought dozens of creative ideas.

I was on a huge learning curve and loving every minute of it. However, you know what happened?

Nothing.

Being insanely busy, and blindly disorganized, none of their ideas moved forward. I was overwhelmed and didn’t even know it.

Crazy thing though, I thought things were actually getting better, because their ideas started to dwindle, but not because things got better.

Even crazier, they thought, “Don’t go to Jeff, he won’t do anything.”

Wished they would have argued with me, “Why aren’t you helping us?” Instead, they dodged.

And who could blame them?

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Don’t ya just love technology?  The more we do something, the less fearful we are of it.  That’s one of the key drivers that makes many people want to try something new – to lessen fear.

And that’s one of our key accountabilities as a leader, isn’t it?  To lessen fear.  Carpe diem.

PS. Skyped a friend in South Africa yesterday.   Wasn’t exactly fearful of it, but had never done an International video chat before. Now I wonder why I waited so long.  It was ridiculously easy.

jungle jeff And Fear

jungle jeff and fear are familiar with each other.  Have been for a long time.  Fear is all around us, isn’t it?

“Good men have the fewest fears”.   — Christian Nestell Bovee

A few years ago it hit me, I have the Faith of Mount Everest – you know, the tallest peak on earth.

And then it struck, I have the fear of K2 – the second tallest peak on earth, a fact most don’t know.

They are roughly 800 feet different in height.  A relatively trivial amount, but enough for Mount Everest to triumph.

In the quest to be a great leader, if we’re successful, we also become a good person.  Good enough to keep most of our fears at bay.  Some refer to it as courage.

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“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original”.   — Sir Ken Robinson

Ok, just know this up front, this video is 19 minutes.  And I guarantee if you are smart enough to watch it, you will thank me for finding it.

Click here to be enlightened and to laugh pretty hard too.

Stick your head in the sand? Ok, sounds good.  Later.

Carpe diem, jungle jeff 🙂

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I mentioned on my LinkedIn profile a week or so ago that I’d reveal the unacknowledged, biggest fear humans have.  And by the way, it’s simply my opinion – based on 50 years of dreaming, doing and teaching.

Still wanna know what it is?   Is the truth something we should fear?

It’s OK to be afraid.  Fear is a gift to help humans survive.   It can also paralyze us, imposing the opposite effect, and destroy our potential.

Drum roll please…………………………………..

And the number one, (and invisible), human fear of all time?

The Fear of Living!

When this was revealed to me, I discounted it.  Seriously.   I denied that I was living my life “in fear” of living.

I’ll bet a dollar that many who read this will immediately dismiss the notion.   This is exactly why I call it invisible, or unacknowledged.

That’s what I think, which actually means nothing to anyone really.   I challenge you to make up your own mind.

Here’s what I ask myself every moment of every day:  “Am I living as if I want to leave a legacy for my organization“?

The challenge at work and at home, is to figure out how to live without regret.  Not doing it, is what really scares me.  Carpe diem, jungle jeff 🙂