Today is Labor Day but it’s also the first of the month. With Labor Day, it’s the unofficial end of summer and the schools in Michigan kick back into full swing.

It’s hard to believe but it’s true. But this also means we’re 3/4′s of the way through 2014. Crazy, huh?

I hope you’ve been working hard towards your goals and making progress. I’ve made great strides in 2014 and can’t wait to see how the year closes out.

Keep at it! You’re going to make it guys!

Top leadership words august

With it being a new month, it’s time to do a monthly review of the blog to see where how it’s progressed. Let’s take a look at top posts first.

Top Posts

1. 21 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From X-Men: Days Of Future Past

2. 21 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Everyone faces risk. In fact, you face a plethora of risks day in and day out. You probably don’t even realize the risks you face.

There are risks that you can easily assess. Crossing the road, navigating your car, or going into work.

Tiny risks, yes. But risks none the less. And you take them on without a care.

Then there are higher consequence risks. The risks that makes you wonder. The risks you wonder how to properly assess them.

In his book, Take The Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk, Ben Carson lays out the foundation for making wise choices when it comes to facing risk.

The BWA

Carson uses a system called the BWA, or Best/Worst Assessment. The BWA is a system you can use to decide whether or not to take a risk.

Everyone who’s been led well has, more than likely, also been led poorly. Can I get an amen on that?

For every good leader, there seems to be 2 or more leaders who use lead wrong.

These negatives leaders don’t care for their teams. They neglect the responsibilities of great leadership. They kill the spirits of their teams.

But don’t fret. Just because there’s negative leadership doesn’t mean there’s not a positive in there somewhere.

Companies, for years, have known there’s value in the negative space. Take a look at the logos of major brands. You may be surprised at what you can find in the negative spaces of these company logos.

Take Fed Ex for example. Their logo is their name spelled out, right? If that’s what you think, you’d be wrong. Let’s look at their logo

Don’t bother about genius. Don’t worry about being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance and determination.

Sir Frederick Treves

I’m pretty sure there’s not a person out there who hasn’t asked “Why me?” This question has almost become default for many people today.

Every time something bad happens, they automatically ask why bad things happen.

But asking Why Me won’t really help you. In fact, asking this question hinders you more often than anything else.

You might be asking yourself Why Me?

Image by Anne Hornyak

We’ve got to begin shifting our mindsets and asking better questions. Why me has to be one of the least productive questions to ask yourself.

Why? I’m glad you asked. What you’ll find in this post is the answer to that question and why you need to stop asking Why Me?

1. Asking why me? places the focus on you: We’ve got to get over the thought the world revolves around us. It doesn’t. We’re just one more person on the rock that’s circling the sun.