The Building of Confidence – Doug’s Story

Our global economic struggle has exacted a toll on organizations. It seems to me however there is not a substantial concern for individuals who are
survivors in this time of virulent insecurity. Then there is Doug.

Decide to Leave or Decide to Stay… Don’t Feel Trapped!
Doug is more concerned about the individual than anything else at the moment. By focusing on what is right for the individual, he believes he’ll accomplish what is best for the company.  Doug sees two ways to address those “left behind” during challenging times. The first is to educate people on the “new reality”, a sobering conversation which can foster negativity and cause people to become demoralized. The better choice is to encourage others to explore their options.
Tell them to go shop their value in the market! In so doing, each individual can develop his/her own perspective about where they are. In Doug’s premise, exploring options can only be good – either there’s something better out there for someone (yay for them!) or they develop a new appreciation for their current role and begin to see what is good around them.

Learning – Leveraging – Leading
Doug is driven to learn. When his learning is leveraged in his brand of leadership, Doug is energized. In an atmosphere of fear, people are doing their job, but there is no fulfillment. Doug believes in making work fun!  He is motivated by helping others find enjoyment and value in their work. He has combined the quantitative and qualitative sides of thinking critically to engage the individual in seeking what is right for them, the situation, and the collective.

Doug finds his hope in being present with his own brand “Leading others to think critically to succeed.” By focusing on others in these unsure times, he is helping them one by one do what is right for them. He is personalizing his faith in his own brand. Others need his brand. They need this critical thinking.

Doug has adapted a brand−developed for an ideal situation−to be effective in a challenging, fearful environment. He is helping the individual think critically for their own good; what is right for them … Now!

Don’t protect me from failing. Help me succeed!
-Doug Burton, 21st Century Leader

Doug Burton is a confident, creative leader for a large financial services company.

The Impact of Your Love

Far too often I meet an individual who – whether they confess openly or not – believes they must be someone else to be a good leader. This is sad. It breaks my heart.

We are a proud, free people in this society. Why then do we allow this form of individual bondage to exist in our collective presence? Individual impact is freed when one breaks through the barrier of judgment and pride.

Brent’s personal brand is “I Challenge People to Succeed.” Brent is a knowledgeable, talented Chief Financial Officer. So, you may find that brand a bit surprising. Let me tell you how it looks.

Her manager was on vacation. She depended on her manager when these sort of technical problems arose. Her manager always knew what to do. This problem was a big one in Lisa’s eyes. She had no choice. She had to take it to her manager’s boss; Brent.

Lisa explained the problem to Brent and asked if he knew how to fix it. He said, “No.” However, he expressed faith in her ability to figure it out if she would just sit down, think it through, and come back with her thoughts. And that she did.

Brent told me about how Lisa came back with the solution – the solution she found on her own. This was a confidence-building success for her. She had met a challenge. I looked at Brent and asked, “You never told her you knew the solution did you?” He responded, “No. That’s not what’s important.”

Please hear me; this is the impact of Brent’s brand as a leader. This story illustrates Brent’s brand of love. The more aware you become of your brand of love as a leader, the more things work together in pushing that love out into the world. Brent is comfortable – yes, confident – in being who he is as he lives according to his brand. He is okay with who he is at his core.

Free from judgment, free from pride, he confidently acts in the guiding light of his brand. This is the impact of Brent’s love.