October 11th, 2016 |
Here comes Halloween. History suggests that Halloween has its origins in feasts and festivals, celebrating everything from the autumnal harvest to the festivals of the dead.
As a result, ghosts, goblins, witches and skeletons became obvious choices for Halloween costumes because they evoked the symbols of the celebrations along with a little bit of fright.
The phrase “skeleton in the closet” or “skeleton in the cupboard” is believed to have been used as early as November 1816 in the monthly British journal The Eclectic Review. The phrase described an undisclosed fact about someone which, if revealed, would have a negative impact on perceptions of the person, such as having a corpse concealed in your home long enough for it to decompose into bones.
What skeletons are tucked away in your closet or cupboard that might be hindering your personal performance or the performance of those in your organization?
Questions are one of a leader’s most effective tools.
Do you have the courage to ask yourself the tough question? The obvious question? The scary question?
Here are 10 questions selected from more than 1,000 provocative questions I’ve collected and shared in my books That’s A Great Question, Accountability and from “100 Critical Questions” in my book Lead The Way.
We’ve all got some type of skeleton in our closet or cupboard.
Our willingness to confront these issues directly affects our leadership effectiveness, our ability to perform at our highest and best level, and our happiness.
The only thing scarier than asking the questions, is not asking them.
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Business schools teach case studies. Hollywood blockbusters are inspired by true events.
Exceptional leaders are students of history. Decision-making comes with the territory.