June 4th, 2013

*The harder you work at making it through a crucible, the easier it appears to have…

By Ron Nakamoto

*The harder you work at making it through a crucible, the easier it appears to have been, and the less people learn from your experience – Dave Logan*

This blog post by Dave Logan of CultureSync, describes the aftermath of the horrific accident that he survived recently.  It's a very thoughtful narrative that captures the pain, suffering, but also clearly a warrior spirit in his journey towards recovery.  Logan is able to step back from his determination to overcome obstacles to see the "crucible" (i.e., his extreme test or trial in life) differently, from the standpoint of a leader, not just a warrior.  This excerpt captures the essence of this observation:
"Because leaders don’t talk about our crucibles in detail, we limit others’ ability to get through them. We also minimize the learning, because to wallow in it feels off purpose. Leaders look forward, not back. They talk about what will be, not what was.

And this situation presents leaders with a dilemma. Leaders are authentic and focused on others—so going through the steps of what happened to us feels self-indulgent and irrelevant. But to not talk about it feels like an ethical omission."

From Logan's perspective, sharing the pain, the suffering, doubts, fears, etc. that ultimately lead to wisdom and insight is the ethical duty of a leader.


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My Accident Aftermath… and what you can learn from it
Some of you have noticed that I’ve been off blogging for months. This post is about the grueling details of why. If you make it through, I promise this read can change the way you approach leadership. It certainly did for me. My Accident and AftermathI had a horrific car accident in November. I wrote a blog about it, and …

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