Take Over

I didn’t watch but the stats show that King LeBron James reigned supreme against the Indiana Pacers; in fact, none of the Cleveland Cavaliers supporting cast scored more than 20 points in the series.

I wondered, not for the first time, what happens when the alpha leader takes over? Does that take all the pressure off the rest of the team? Will they hold themselves accountable?

Inhale Own, Exhale Take Over…
Inhale Be Responsible, Exhale De-Incentivize…
Inhale Motivate, Exhale Undermine…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

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De-Motivator

As a young Air Force officer reading and re-writing hundreds of performance reports, I discovered that my “helpful improvements” to said reports were de-motivating my non-commissioned officers (NCOs), tasked with evaluating their subordinates.

One trusted NCO revealed the reasoning of some while explaining why the reports coming to me had not improved: “Why spend a lot of effort if the officer in charge (ME) was just going to change the words?”

Ouch!

So I vowed to make NO changes to grammatically correct reports that accurately reflected the performance being evaluated; no “happy” to “glad”, no “lasting” to “enduring”… no changes that dismissed the effort of the writer because of my personal preference.

As difficult as that was sometimes, I worked hard to keep my word.

Inhale Motivate, Exhale De-Motivate…
Inhale Motivate, Exhale Discourage…
Inhale Motivate, Exhale De-Incentivize…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
#Leadership

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