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What's that Smell?

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to smell yourself?  On Saturday, I was reminded of this fact.

It happened several miles into my race when I was passed by some guy from Oregon.  Let’s just say, he was ripe.

It occurred to me that bad leaders are usually the last to smell themselves.  And we all know that it “stinks” to be down wind from a bad leader.

I have to admit, there are times when I am the last one to recognize my flaws.  The truth is, my weaknesses bother others a lot more than they bother me.

The only way to stay “fragrant” as a leader is to keep pursuing integrity and to ruthlessly work on your self-leadership.

If there are places in your leadership where you have been taking shortcuts, it is time to come clean.

And if you are in doubt, maybe it is time to ask those who are following you?  You know, the one’s who are holding their noses.





Why do you think bad leaders are usually the last to know?

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11 years ago

Randy, I was recently reminded of some short comings I have in the office. Let's just say I am trying to keep the fragrant sweet and not become overly ripe...
Thanks for the post,
May the peace of Christ be with you always...


11 years ago

thanks for the comment Jason!

Stephen LaFond

11 years ago

Thank GOD for running hot water!
2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
I have to be forever vigilant not to be that leader you don't want to be downwind from. I recently did a 360 coaching that was sent to my peers and people that work for me. It is amazing the responses that came back. There is not a day that I can't focus on some area that I need to improve. When I don't think there is room for improvement is when I get in trouble.
Thanks for the great lesson this morning.


11 years ago

thanks for the verse and the comment Stephen. 360 degree feedback is very valuable!


11 years ago

Great word RG!


11 years ago

Thanks Rosemary!


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