You Have A Voice. Be Heard!

The Speak Up! Series

Guys… There’s something I need to open up to you about. I struggle with an issue that affects my ability to lead well. It’s hard to admit this but I have difficulty speaking up and being heard.

Yup, you heard me right. I struggle to share my thoughts and opinions with those I work with and lead.

A gray and black condenser microphone

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How can this be? Don’t I share my thoughts and ideas on this website? Don’t I let people know how I feel through emails and social media? I do but speaking up and sharing on these platforms is different than speaking up and sharing in real life.

Has Your Voice Been Silenced?

I know I have a voice. I know YOU have a voice as well. But speaking up and using the voice we have? This can be scary.

How To Build Courage

Do you remember the classic movie Wizard Of Oz with Judy Garland as Dorothy? There was another character in the movie. He was played by Bert Lahr. This character was the Cowardly Lion.

The Cowardly Lion was scared of everything. Something goes BUMP! and he would jump. He was a true ‘fraidy cat. He’d failed to build courage in his life.

Learn how to build your courage

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You don’t want to be like the Cowardly Lion, do you? Instead, I bet you want to have courage. Lots of courage.

Courage to stand up for what is right. Courage to choose to be fair and just. And courage to live out your faith.

Courage doesn’t come easily. Courage requires hard work. But you can do it. You can build courage.

8 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Taken 3

A Reel Leadership Article

Taken 3 continues the story of Bryan Mills, a man with a specific set of skills that make him a nightmare for the bad guys. And for men, especially, his story is one that resonates.

What man doesn’t want to protect his family? What man doesn’t want to see justice extracted from evildoers? What man doesn’t want to be the hero?

This is why the Taken movies have resonated with me and many others. They hit on a theme that is central to men. The desire to protect.

leadership lessons from Taken 3

When Taken 3 was announced, I was stoked. The previous entries in the Taken series provided great entertainment and had me sympathizing with what Mills had to do.

Knowing part 3 was coming out was icing on the cake.

As usual, I try to look for the leadership lessons contained in current pop-culture movies. While there were leadership lessons in Taken 3, I had a much harder time picking them out.

13 Leadership Lessons From Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

A Reel Leadership Article

Another great summer blockbuster movie released over the weekend. This time it was Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, the sequel to Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.

After viewing Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, I was left wondering when they were going to do a sequel. The movie was well done and did a great service to the Planet Of The Apes series.

And I can say Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes continues in that tradition. The movie introduced tough themes that we need to think about. We can also learn leadership lessons from Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.

Leadership lessons from Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

1. Caesar to his son Blue Eyes –

Think before you act, son.

The beginning of the movie held a powerful scene of the apes hunting in the wild. Caesar tells Blue Eyes not to move but he goes after one of the wild beasts. Chaos ensues as a brown bear attacks Blue Eyes and the other apes have to come to his rescue.