The Benefits Of Speaking Up

The Speak Up! Series

There you sit. Your head is down and you’re not offering your opinion. You’re quiet and waiting for the meeting to be over.

You have this nagging feeling you should speak up. You believe you have something to offer. Yet, you just can’t speak up. You stay silent and the meeting ends.

Boxer in red headgear getting a pep talk

Photo by Xuan Nguyen

Exiting the conference room, you have this sense of dread. You believe you should have spoken up but you couldn’t. You didn’t have the power to use your voice.

How many times does something like this have to happen before you and I realize we need to speak up? We need to share our voice with those we lead. If we don’t speak up, are we truly leading?

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Uncle Drew

A Reel Leadership Article

The new basketball comedy movie Uncle Drew tells the story of Dax (Lil Rel Howery) and his dreams of having a winning team in the Rucker Classic street basketball tournament. The Rucker Classic takes place in Harlem and the competition is fierce.

Uncle Drew cast in Harlem Buckets orange jerseys

Mookie Bass (Nick Kroll), Dax’s basketball rival, continues to badger and taunt Dax all these years later. This has created an intense rivalry between the two. One that has Dax going all out to win.

Uncle Drew is full of laughs and, surprisingly, leadership lessons. Let’s dive into the latest Reel Leadership article and seek the leadership lessons in Uncle Drew.

Caution: Uncle Drew spoilers below

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Uncle Drew

1. Great organizations create great leaders:

The Rucker Classic was held in Rucker Park. There, great street ball players were created.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Ratchet & Clank

A Reel Leadership Flashback Article

The Ratchet & Clank movie brought the Sony PlayStation game to the big screen. With big name actors Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson, and Sylvester Stallone voicing the classic video game characters, Ratchet & Clank had the talent to make a blockbuster movie. Unfortunately, Ratchet & Clank received less than glowing reviews.

The leadership lessons found in the Ratchet & Clank movie

With the negativity surrounding the 2016 Ratchet & Clank movie, I held off watching it. That was, until this past weekend.

The movie theater wasn’t showing anything that caught my attention. So, it was off to Netflix. That’s when I saw Ratchet & Clank was on the movie streaming service. And figured it was my chance to watch the video-game movie.

So, are there leadership lessons in Ratchet & Clank? Yes, there are plenty. Keep reading to read the leadership lessons I found in Ratchet & Clank. Then add yours in the comment section.

Better Days Ahead

Can I tell you the truth today? The last couple of weeks have been hard.

I had a new job opportunity fell through. My brother-in-law passed away. One of our cars was in a wreck.

Sunrise over the beach signifying better days ahead

Image by Joe Cavazos

Bad things seemed to keep piling on. One thing after the other.

Yet there was one thing I knew I could count on. Better days are ahead.

Better Days Ahead

We all go through seasons where our lives seem out of control. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Sometimes we don’t WANT to know what tomorrow will bring.

The days have been so bad. So hard. It seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

I want to encourage you today. There is hope. There are better days ahead.

Maybe not tomorrow. Maybe not the next day. But keep placing one foot in front of the other.

Why I Stopped Waiting For Inspiration To Strike

There’s something romantic about being a creative. Whether it’s an artist, a musician, or a writer. Everything about the creative process, to those on the outside, seems amazing.

You get to create a masterpiece others can enjoy. You’re sharing a talent you have with the world. You’re able to express yourself. Oh, and you’re always inspired!

Oh, what a crock! I’ve got to tell you that rarely does an inspiring moment hit right when I desire it to.

Knowing this, I had to stop waiting for inspiration to strike.

There’s been stories written about inspiration and how inspiration strikes at just the right moment. I’m not sure I’ve found that to be the case.

Inspiration rarely strikes me when I want it to. I can’t call upon inspiration to bless me with the insights I want to have.