Month: April 2014

Fear of Failure and Other Leadership Gremlins

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The Leader's Digest - by Suzi McAlpine, Executive Coach

I read to my five year old most nights.

We are slowly working our way through the various fairy tales in her bookshelf, but one of her all-time favourites (and one I am ordered to read over and over and over again) is a book which is (somewhat alarmingly) called The Snot Goblin.

It’s about a little dude of a gremlin who lives under the bed. He wreaks all manner of havoc – but in a sort of likeable, anti-social way which we can all identify with. This in turn makes him quite endearing, despite his naughtiness.

Gremlins aren’t just confined to story books.

Leadership has its fair share of gremlins.  Did you know the word gremlin is supposedly derived from the Old English word gremian, “to vex”*?   And boy, is bad leadership in action certainly vexing!

Here are the 5 main leadership gremlins to be aware of:

1. The ‘Fear of Failure’ gremlin.

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Recommended Reading: Bird By Bird

Interesting thought…

The Daily Post

I referenced Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions in Writing and Life in last week’s “Five Posts to Write Right Now,” and we’ve used her in Blogging 101 assignments as well. Personally, I turn to this book again and again — when I’m staring down a blank screen and a deadline or feeling just not good enough, flipping to any page usually restores my perspective and helps unclog my thorniest word-jam.

The story of the book’s title sums it up perfectly:

Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds…

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Eugene Chrinian

Eugene Chrinian, CEO

Eugene Chrinian is the owner and operator of seven Ashley Furniture HomeStores in the NJ, and NY area. As well as guiding his business by the ideals of Christianity and striving for self betterment constantly, as well as encouraging the skills and potential of his employees at work, Eugene Chrinian places a strong emphasis of leadership, both moral and for better customer satisfaction.

Eugene Chrinian is also a huge supporter of many Charity Organizations, local and international.