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CB Bowman

CEO at Courage Consulting

Windsor, United States

Advisor • Executive Coach • Keynote Speaker • Author • Facilitator • Podcaster

CB Bowman is a towering figure in organizational leadership and executive coaching, celebrated for her pioneering contributions and transformative impact on leadership dynamics within corporations. As a venerated expert in courageous leadership, CB's seminal work, "Courage to Leap & Lead…A Roadmap for Redefining Failure Into Success," has ascended to the pinnacle of acclaim, securing the number one spot in five distinguished categories on Amazon, including Best New Release, Organizational Change, Business Production & Operations, Business Inclusion & Diversity, and Organizational Behavior. This monumental achievement underscores her profound influence on contemporary business thought and practice.

A sought-after voice in the global dialogue on leadership, CB has graced platforms such as the Renaissance Weekend, earning recognition on the Power List of the Top 200 Biggest Voices in Leadership for two consecutive years by Leadershum. Her expertise and innovative approaches have also been acknowledged by Thinkers50, listing her among the top 50 coaches worldwide and by Global Gurus, who placed her among the top 15 experts in branding. Moreover, her unparalleled skill in enhancing coaching quality has been ranked number one by Marshall Goldsmith in his Top Global Coaches, solidifying her position as a luminary in the field.

Under the moniker of the Courage Consultant, CB helms the award-winning "Courage: To Leap & Lead" videocast and podcast, further extending her influence as the CEO of the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches (ACEC). Her certification as a global "Certified Master Corporate Executive Coach" complements her trusted advisor and corporate executive coach role, with her "Courage To Leap & Lead" newsletter on LinkedIn amassing over 3,200 subscribers—a testament to her captivating insights and leadership acumen.

CB's keynote speeches and workshops, such as "The Courage to Leap & Lead" and "Implementing Courage to Increase Innovation," are renowned for inspiring and motivating, encouraging individuals and organizations alike to pursue excellence through courage and innovative problem-solving. Her approach redefines the perception of courage within the corporate sphere, advocating for a culture where failure is seen as a stepping stone to success.

Her foundational role in establishing the ACEC as a change-making organization within the coaching industry reflects her commitment to excellence and accountability in executive coaching. The ACEC, under her leadership, champions mastery-level coaches working with top-tier organizations, offering the prestigious MCEC (Master Corporate Executive Coach certification) through the MEECO Leadership Institute.

CB's influence extends beyond coaching, significantly contributing to marketing and branding. As the former head of branding for ready-to-eat cereals at General Foods, she was instrumental in shaping iconic brands' visual and market presence, earning accolades for her marketing and branding prowess. Her leadership roles in various organizations, including co-founding the National Association for Interior Designers and serving as Chairperson for the North Plainfield, New Jersey's Historic Commission, further illustrate her multifaceted career.

An esteemed academic, CB's educational background includes a graduation from the New School for Social Research and an MBA from Pace University. Her roles as an adjunct professor and instructor have enabled her to share her vast knowledge and experience with the next generation of leaders.

CB Bowman's contributions to coaching, leadership, and organizational development are immeasurable, marked by her unwavering commitment to fostering courage, innovation, and transformation within the corporate world. Her work inspires and guides leaders and organizations toward achieving their fullest potential, embodying the essence of courageous leadership in every endeavor.

Transformation Affiliations:
Renaissance Weekend • Thnkers50 • Global Gurus • Stakeholder Centered Coaching (SCC) by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Ph.D. • Master Certified Coach (CMC) by The Behavioral Institute • Board Certified Coach (BCC) by the Center for Credentialing & Education • Master Corporate Executive Coach (MCEC) by the MEECO Leadership Institute • LinkedIn Live broadcaster • Apple Podcast broadcaster •

Contact & Follow:
CB loves to connect with risk-takers, movers, and shakers in the C-Suite and decision-makers focused on expansion and growth—Profit, Products, and Profile.

E-mail: cb@cbbowman.com
Website: https://www.courage-consulting.com

Speaking Agency: https://www.letsengage.com/talent/cb-bowman/

Newsletter: https://www.linkedin.com/newsletters/courage-to-leap-lead-6874133122783469568/ https://www.linkedin.com/newsletters/courage-to-leap-lead-6874133122783469568/
Podcast: https://followthepodcast.com/courage

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Colorado
Speaking Topics: Courage to Leap & Lead...Redefining Failure Into Success

Speaking Fee $15,000 (In-Person), $10,000 (Virtual)

Personal Speaking Website: courage-consulting.com
CB Bowman Points
Academic 0
Author 751
Influencer 133
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 0
Total 884

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

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Featured Videos

This award-winning episode examines how a world academician and corporate leader battled with suicide ideation. (2 Parts)
February 19, 2024
Sally Helgesen, cited in Forbes as the world’s premier expert on women’s leadership,
February 19, 2024
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith: The Earned Life
February 19, 2024

Featured Topics

Courage to Leap & Lead: Webinar

A courageous leader is not afraid to challenge the status quo, speak their truth, and take action in the face of uncertainty.

Courageous leadership can inspire and motivate teams, foster a culture of innovation, and ultimately drive business growth. Investing in courage consulting can be a powerful tool for personal and professional development, and can help you tap into your full leadership potential.

As an executive, having the courage to make difficult decisions and take calculated risks can be crucial to the success of your company. Consulting with CB can provide an outside perspective and support you in building the confidence to act on your convictions. This can be invaluable.
Takeaways:
a. Experience how to turn failure into success
b. Learn the behaviors related to courage
c. Learn system analysis and the tools for understanding failure
d. Learn new product launch systems
e. Increase innovation and creativity
f. Understand the use of “simple solutions” to complex problems

Using Microcourage™ to increase Innovation

The focus of the book is on the uncertainty and fear in each of us that has bubbled to the surface as a result of the current 5 pandemics. The result is our system thinking for solving fear has gone askew. Through the use of the Microcourage™ system, we can abort what is stopping us from reaching our goals.
Key Takeaways:
a. Recognizing, understanding, and incorporating, the power of daily acts of courage (Microcourage)
b. Using Microcourage to abort failure
c. Using the power of Microcourage to influence innovation and creativity

Using Courage as a Leadership Skill

Triggers to Courage

A courageous leader is not afraid to challenge the status quo, speak their truth, and take action in the face of uncertainty.

Courageous leadership can inspire and motivate teams, foster a culture of innovation, and ultimately drive business growth. Investing in courage consulting can be a powerful tool for personal and professional development, and can help you tap into your full leadership potential.

As an executive, having the courage to make difficult decisions and take calculated risks can be crucial to the success of your company. Consulting with CB can provide an outside perspective and support you in building the confidence to act on your convictions. This can be invaluable.

Key Takeaways:
1. How to strengthen your courage muscle by understanding the behaviors related to courage
2. Learn how to understand and celebrate the Microcourage of peers and employees
3. Learn the concept of turning failure into success

Company Information

Company Type: Company
Minimum Project Size: Undisclosed
Average Hourly Rate: Undisclosed
Number of Employees: Undisclosed
Company Founded Date: Undisclosed
Media Experience: 10+ years
Last Media Interview: 04/01/2023

Areas of Expertise

AI 30.01
Business Strategy 30.38
Change Management 32.30
Coaching 56.02
COVID19 30.27
Creativity 61.53
Culture 30.02
Diversity and Inclusion 84.30
Future of Work 31.01
Health and Wellness 30.24
Innovation 32.38
Leadership 39.21
Management 55.48
Mental Health 31.92
Public Relations 30.32
Risk Management 30.19

Industry Experience

Building Materials, Clay & Glass
Consumer Products
Engineering & Construction
Furniture
Higher Education & Research
Hospitality
Insurance
Manufacturing
Other
Pharmaceuticals
Professional Services
Retail
Telecommunications
Utilities

Publications

18 Article/Blogs
Why Is Courageous Leadership A Responsibility In Corporations? by CB Bowman
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April 29, 2024
In an era marked by rapid technological advancements, shifting market dynamics, and growing societal expectations, the landscape of corporate leadership has transformed significantly. While still valuable, traditional leadership skills are no longer sufficient to navigate the complexities of today??

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Tags: Leadership, Mental Health, Coaching

Courageous Leadership in Pharmaceuticals: A Tale of Ethics Versus Profit by CB bowman
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April 29, 2024
The dichotomy between courageous leadership and profit-driven greed is stark in the pharmaceutical industry. Ethical leadership is characterized by decisions prioritizing patient welfare, ethical practices, and long-term societal impact over short-term financial gains. This is vividly illustrated in

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Tags: Leadership, Mental Health, Coaching

Is there a link between Respect and Courage in the C-suit?
by CB Bowman, MCEC, CVP, CVT, BCC, CMC
March 20, 2024
In the nuanced tapestry of leadership, the threads of respect and courage are intricately woven together, each amplifying the strength and effectiveness of the other. Leadership, at its core, is not just about making decisions and directing teams toward common goals; it's about doing so in a way that fosters trust, encourages innovation, and builds a resilient organizational culture. This is where the symbiotic relationship between respect and courage becomes beneficial and essential.

Respect in leadership transcends mere politeness or deference; it signifies a deep appreciation for each team member's value, ideas, contributions, and potential. It's about creating a space where diverse voices are heard and actively sought and valued. This environment of respect generates trust and loyalty, laying a robust foundation for the collective pursuit of goals. However, while creating a harmonious work environment, more than respect is needed to propel a team forward through the complexities and challenges of the modern business world.

Enter courage—the catalyst that propels leaders to venture into the unknown, to make tough decisions, and to stand firm in the face of adversity. Courageous leadership is characterized by a readiness to tackle complex issues, innovate beyond the comfort zone, and make ethical decisions even at the cost of personal sacrifice. It's about admitting vulnerabilities and learning from failures, actions that require immense bravery and significantly enhance a leader's respectability among followers.

The interdependence of respect and courage in leadership cannot be overstated. Without the foundation of respect, acts of courage might be perceived as reckless gambles or authoritarian mandates, lacking the support and understanding of the team. Conversely, respect without the driving force of courage can lead to a stagnant environment where opportunities for growth and improvement are missed, as making comfortable choices becomes the norm over challenging the status quo.

When leaders meld respect with courage, they unlock a powerful team dynamic. This dynamic encourages individuals to step out of their comfort zones, knowing they are valued and supported, and embrace challenges as growth opportunities. It creates a culture where ethical practices and innovation are encouraged and celebrated. Leaders who embody respect and courage inspire their teams by command and example, setting a standard that permeates the organization's fabric.

The relationship between respect and courage in leadership is akin to a dance, where each quality complements and enhances the other, creating a harmony that leads to more effective, ethical, and transformative leadership. This blend of mutual respect and bold courage fosters an environment ripe for success, innovation, and sustained growth, making it clear that these virtues, together, form the cornerstone of genuinely impactful leadership.

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Tags: Coaching, Leadership

“Courage to Leap & Lead” — A Leap Day Reflection
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March 04, 2024
“Courage to Leap & Lead” — A Leap Day ReflectionLeap Day, which occurs once every four years, offers us a unique moment to pause and reflect on the courageous leaps we’re called to make in our lives and leadership journeys. It’s a day that doesn’t exist in most years, reminding u

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Tags: Leadership, Mental Health, Coaching

The Leadership Link Between Courage & Respect
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February 17, 2024
Available on Amazonby CB Bowman, MCEC, CVP, CVT, BCC, CMCIn the nuanced tapestry of leadership, the threads of respect and courage are intricately woven together, each amplifying the strength and effectiveness of the other. Leadership, at its core, is not just about making decisions and directing

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Tags: Leadership, Mental Health, Coaching

She Did It Her Way...With Courage
LinkedIn
August 09, 2023
"It was so freeing. She released me to do what I really wanted to do. And so I pursued what I really wanted to do because I was passionate about itthem instead of trying to bottle myself into being a good little mom and wife." - Marva Sadler.

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Tags: Leadership, Change Management, Coaching

DO YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO CHANGE as an Executive Coach?
Courage to Leap & Lead
June 25, 2023
"Courage: To Leap & Lead… the Newsletter” This monthly periodical is focused on implementing Microcourage to make a difference in organizations and life.

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Tags: Leadership, Change Management, Coaching

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN COURAGE AND SUICIDE IDEATION
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April 23, 2023
Courage is a complex trait encompassing a range of qualities, such as bravery, determination, and resilience, and is often associated with the ability to face and overcome challenging situations. Suicide ideation, on the other hand, refers to the thoughts, fantasies, or impulses a person may have ab

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Tags: Leadership, Mental Health, Coaching

The Intersection of AI and Courage: Harnessing the Power of Brave New Technologies
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April 03, 2023
IntroductionRapid artificial intelligence (AI) advancements have sparked intense debates on technologies’ ethical, economic, and social implications. However, one less discussed yet equally critical aspect is the intersection between AI and courage. In this context, courage refers to facing fear,

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Tags: Leadership, Mental Health, Coaching

Title: The Intersection of AI and Courage:(Harnessing the Power of Brave New Technologies)
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April 03, 2023
IntroductionRapid artificial intelligence (AI) advancements have sparked intense debates on technologies’ ethical, economic, and social implications. However, one less discussed yet equally critical aspect is the intersection between AI and courage. In this context, courage refers to facing fear,

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Tags: Leadership, Mental Health, Coaching

Does Courage Affect Innovation In The Workplace?
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February 15, 2023
By CB Bowman-Ottomanelli, MCEC, BCC, CMC, CVF, CVP, CMCThe lack of courage in the workplace can have a negative impact on innovation. Innovation is the introduction of new ideas, methods, or products, and requires employees to think creatively and take risks. When employees lack the courage to spea

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Tags: Leadership, Mental Health, Coaching

The Impact of The Lack of Courage On Workplace Stress And Anxiety
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February 15, 2023
By CB Bowman-Ottomanelli, MCEC, BCC, CMC, CVF, CVP, CMCThe lack of courage in the workplace can have a significant impact on both stress and anxiety levels for employees. In today’s fast-paced business environment, where employees are often expected to meet tight deadlines, complete multiple task

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Tags: Leadership, Mental Health, Coaching

The Connection Between the Lack Of Courage And C-Suite Suicide
Medium
February 11, 2023
As a corporate executive coach specializing in COURAGE the topic of CEO suicide is both concerning and thought-provoking. The reasons behind a CEO’s decision to take their own life are often complex and can be related to various factors, including depression, financial stress, and lack of courage. In this article, we will focus on the latter.

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Tags: Leadership, Health and Wellness, Mental Health

How to Build an Agile Workforce Amid Employee Shortage & Huge Demand
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February 06, 2023
Today is a talent-first era. COURAGE is the key to employing the right individual for the correct position.Hiring only by presentation or word of mouth can jeopardize your business operations. What’s even worse is how the pandemic has changed the American workforce landscape leading to a labor sho

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WHY DON’T WE COURAGEOUSLY REFER BUSINESS TO COLLEAGUES TO INCREASE OUR INCOME?
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December 06, 2022
by CB Bowman-OttomanelliAre You Leaving Money On The Table?In thinking about how to have stronger colleague relationships in 2023, I sent out a survey to a group of master-level corporate executive coaches. These are some of the most successful and brilliant corporate executive coaches in the world

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Tags: Leadership, Mental Health, Coaching

CAPTURING COURAGE THROUGH A CAMERA THROUGH A CAMERA WITH EDINA CLAGETT
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December 06, 2022
CB BOWMAN-OTTOMANELLIFoundations of an adventurerHow Edina found her sweet spotSupporting self-confidenceAs I reached the next phase in writing my book: Courage to Leap & Lead…A Roadmap for Redefining Failure Into Success…My publisher mentioned to me that I needed a recent photograph for th

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Tags: Leadership, Mental Health, Coaching

“Courage Amid Adversity”
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October 09, 2022
We all have a choice in how we respond to adversity. There is no one size fits all idea of courage. For Justine, courage resides in her faith, and she needed plenty of it to overcome a tumultuous upbringing as the daughter of the first elected president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Subsc

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Tags: Leadership, Mental Health, Coaching

DOES IT TAKE COURAGE TO WRITE A BOOK? YES!!!!
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June 11, 2022
Each month I will share my journey to have the courage to write a book. My goal is to inspire you to find your courage in life’s odyssey!The Courage to Leap & Lead©️ — Introduction chapter…WHY ME?“I am not courageous!” This had been my response for many years of my existence wh

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Tags: Leadership, Mental Health, Coaching

19 Author Newsletters
Vol XXI What's In This Issue:
Courage to Leap & Lead
February 11, 2024

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Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Management

You are Invited To The Most Prominent Book Launch Party of 2024!
Courage to Leap & Lead
January 07, 2024
For the first time, a roadmap is presented, which offers you a system for using “simple solutions to solve complex problems,” a secret sauce for turning failure into success. Courage to Leap & Lead: A Roadmap for Redefining Failure into Success is written to help you develop the skills and mindset that set courageous leaders apart. It introduces you to key concepts

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Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Management

Unlocking Potential: Enhancing Creativity and Innovation through Courage to Amplify ROI
Linkedln
October 07, 2023
In today's intensely competitive business landscape, creativity and innovation are more critical than ever in enhancing organizational effectiveness and securing a sustainable competitive advantage. However, cultivating these essential components is closely linked to fostering an environment of courage within the workplace. Courage is the backbone of creativity—it empowers employees to voice unique ideas, challenge the status quo, and embrace uncertainty and risk. When employees feel brave enough to express their thoughts and ideas openly, it accelerates innovation, significantly enhancing the company’s ROI.

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Tags: Creativity, Leadership, Innovation

Vol XVIII
LinkedIn
October 07, 2023
In This Issue:
"Unlocking Potential: Enhancing Creativity and Innovation Through Courage To Amplify ROI"
Book Recommendations of The Month
You're Invited
Keeping In Touch

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Tags: Leadership, Coaching, Creativity

Vol XVII
LinkedIn
September 10, 2023
Industry conferences are a melting pot of opportunities — from knowledge sharing and skill development to networking and business partnerships. However, to capitalize on these opportunities, you need a game plan. Here’s a comprehensive guide on preparing, gathering the courage to network, and following up after an industry conference.

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Tags: Management, Leadership

She Did It Her Way...With Courage
Courage to Leap & Lead
August 09, 2023
The Courage of Self-Care & Intentional Living
"It was so freeing. She released me to do what I really wanted to do. And so I pursued what I really wanted to do because I was passionate about itthem instead of trying to bottle myself into being a good little mom and wife." - Marva Sadler.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, COVID19

DO YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO CHANGE as an Executive Coach?
Courage to Leap & Lead
June 16, 2023
Courage: To Leap & Lead… the Newsletter” This monthly periodical is focused on implementing Microcourage to make a difference in organizations and life.
Each month we share general information and/ or interviews with thought leaders in all fields who share stories related to "living large" due to courage!
In this Issue:

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Tags: AI, Leadership, Coaching

Courage to Leap & Lead Newsletter 3.2023
LinkedIn
February 28, 2023
"Courage: To Leap & Lead… the Newsletter” This monthly periodical is focused on implementing Microcourage to make a difference in organizations and in life.
Each month we share general information and/ or interviews with thought leaders in all fields who share stories related to "living large" as a result of courage!

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Tags: Management, Leadership

Courage to Leap & Lead
Courage to Leap & Lead
February 04, 2023
¨Courage: To Leap & Lead… the Newsletter” This monthly periodical is focused on implementing Microcourage to make a difference in organizations and in life.
Each month we share general information and/ or interviews with thought leaders in all fields who share stories related "living large" as a result of courage!

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion

The Year of The Hare
Courage to Leap & Lead
January 09, 2023
Each month we share general information and/ or interviews with thought leaders in all fields who share stories related to acts of courage of all sizes.
Thoughts will inspire us to find the courage to meet our personal dreams, and our business goals; with the full rigor that leads to success

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Tags: Leadership, Coaching

The Courage & Gift to Refer Business
LinkedIn
December 03, 2022
"Courage: To Leap & Lead… the Newsletter” This monthly periodical is focused on implementing Microcourage to make a difference in organizations and in life.

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Tags: Leadership, Coaching

Courage to say "No"​
LinkedIn
November 08, 2022
"Courage: To Leap & Lead… the Newsletter” This monthly periodical is focused on implementing courage to make a difference in organizations and in life. Each month we share general information and/ or interviews with thought leaders in all fields who share stories related to acts of courage. Thoughts that will inspire us to find the courage to meet our dreams, goals, and profit margins; with the full rigor that leads to success.

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Tags: Leadership, Coaching

Courage to Leap & Lead The Newsletter
LinkedIn
October 05, 2022
Male breast cancer is generally overlooked. In 2009 the male breast cancer advocacy groups Out of the Shadow of Pink, A Man's Pink, and the Brandon Greening Foundation for Breast Cancer in Men joined together to globally establish the third week of October as "Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week".

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Tags: Leadership, Coaching

Courage to Leap & Lead - August 2022 Vol VII
LinkedIn
August 05, 2022
"Courage: To Leap & Lead… the Newsletter” This monthly periodical is focused on implementing courage to make a difference in organizations and in life. Each month we feature different thought leaders in all fields who will share acts of courage. Leaders who will inspire us to find the courage to meet our dreams, goals, and profit margins; with the full rigor that leads to success.

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Tags: Leadership, Coaching

Courage to Leap & Lead: In Memoriam Chris Coffey
LinkedIn
June 21, 2022
My heart is filled with joy. This may be a strange thing to say about the loss of a friend and dear colleague. I received the news of Chris's passing from the wife of my dear friend and honorary father Dr. Frank Wagner. The shock tore through my heart and body like an unwanted bolt of lightning. My mind went into shut down and then bounced right back with a shock wave as I asked the universe ...Why? How? and the time-honored question...Why do the good, gifted, talented, and social shifters die young?

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Courage: To Leap & Lead - "Gay Pride Month"​
LinkedIn
June 12, 2022
"Courage: To Leap & Lead… the Newsletter” This monthly periodical is focused on implementing courage to make a difference in organizations and in life. Each month we feature different thought leaders in all fields who will share acts of courage. Leaders who will inspire us to find the courage to meet our dreams, goals, and profit margins; with the full rigor that leads to success.

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Courage: C-Suite Challenges to Leap & Lead
LinkedIn
May 08, 2022
This is how I begin my book about courage. The only question is did I have the courage to write a book? As I started what seemed like an easy journey became even more daunting. As I started my research about publishing a book I realized that it was not going to be as easy as I thought it would be. Who knew that even if you are thinking of self-publishing there are so many things to consider before you even open your computer. There is even more to consider while you are writing the book. Then there is the last great hurdle, publishing your masterpiece.

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Courage: To Leap & Lead
LinkedIn
April 04, 2022
Thank you for following my monthly newsletter Challenges of the C-suite. Recently I launched what I believe is a more critical area of focus, especially during this time of managing and leading our way through 5 pandemics (Social Justice, Economic, Mental Health, Environment, and Covid) and an unprecedented war--- Courage!

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Tags: Leadership, Coaching

Celebrating International Women's Day
LinkedIn
February 28, 2022
This newsletter is focused on the courage everyone needs to make a difference. Each month we will feature different thoughts in all areas related to the courage to leap and lead to help us identify and implement courage to meet our dreams and goals with the full rigor that will lead to success.

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Tags: Leadership

2 Books
Courage to Leap & Lead
Independently published
January 16, 2024
This is the roadmap to implement courage differently than anything else out there!

My highly anticipated new book “Courage to Leap & Lead” will feature the new MicroCourage process.

The “original” version was created a few short years ago and only used with my clients.

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Tags: Leadership, Coaching, Creativity

Courage to Leap & Lead: A Roadmap for Redefining Failure Into Success Hardcover – January 18, 2024
Jones Media Publishing
January 16, 2024

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Tags: Change Management, Future of Work, Innovation

1 Book Chapter
Coach Me! Your Professional Board of Directors – How to Select A Coach
Wiley
April 01, 2022
Readers will find inspirational and practical advice based on real-world leaders who were forced to transform their company’s business model, their organization, or themselves to achieve success. Each concise, actionable chapter lets you be a fly on the wall of a successful leader demonstrating a solution to a commonly encountered leadership problem.

Perfect for managers, executives, and business leaders of all kinds, Coach Me! Your Personal Board of Directors: Leadership Advice from the World’s Greatest Coaches will also earn a place in the libraries of the coaches, consultants, and other professionals who work with leaders in government, business, and the nonprofit sectors.

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Tags: Leadership, Business Strategy, Coaching

186 Podcasts
180- Courage to Leap & Lead with Barry Posner, part 1
Courage Consulting
July 09, 2024
Author of the iconic international bestseller…”The Leadership Challenge” in its 9th Edition (with Jim Kouses) talks to us about the behaviors that lead to courageous leadership.

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Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Management

180- Courage to Leap & Lead with Kristen Szabla, part 1
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June 25, 2024
Dr Kristen Szabla is a neuroscientist, speaker, coach, writer, survivor of sexual exploitation and severe mental illness, catalyst for change, and founder of Transforming Pain.

With over a decade of experience as a neuroscientist specializing in the neural circuity of fear and depression, Dr Kristen has developed neurobiologic-based tactics that have enabled her to change her brain function to positively transform her life from one filled with fear, anxiety, and pain to one filled with hope, light, and love.

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Tags: Coaching, Diversity and Inclusion, Management

179- Courage to Leap & Lead with Jennifer McCollum
Courage Consulting
June 19, 2024
She’s an accomplished CEO, speaker and consultant, and the author of the new book “In Her Own Voice: A Woman’s Rise to CEO.” Jennifer has presented on hundreds of stages, podcasts, and webcasts across the globe and been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Forbes, and Psychology Today.

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Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Management

179- Courage to Leap & Lead with Jennifer McCollum
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June 18, 2024
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Tags: Management, Diversity and Inclusion, Coaching

178- Courage to Leap & Lead with Alex Pursglove
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June 11, 2024
Alex Pursglove guides women in becoming fully expressed and breaking through limitations to elevate business growth, while living with more ecstasy in daily life.

As a master coach, Alex has helped thousands of women across the world with accelerating in business, and more importantly, learning how to accept and love their most authentic selves.

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Tags: Coaching, Diversity and Inclusion, Management

177- Courage to Leap & Lead with Jenny Lincoln, part 2
Courage Consulting
June 04, 2024
Jenny Lincoln is one of those speakers who could talk about anything and you would be inspired to take action. She is vulnerable, charming, inspiring and brilliant at storytelling.

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Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Management

176- Courage to Leap & Lead with Jenny Lincoln, part 1
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May 28, 2024
Jenny Lincoln is one of those speakers who could talk about anything and you would be inspired to take action. She is vulnerable, charming, inspiring and brilliant at storytelling.

She also knows how to give you actionable steps to improve your life and world because of how she shares her experiences in service of an audience. Your conference and company will be elevated by having Jenny speak.

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Tags: Coaching, Diversity and Inclusion, Management

175- Courage to Leap & Lead with Dr Neryl East, part 2
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May 21, 2024
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Tags: Management, Diversity and Inclusion, Coaching

174- Courage to Leap & Lead with Dr Neryl East, part 1
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May 14, 2024
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173- Courage to Leap & Lead with with Seth Godin
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Courage to Leap & Lead with with Steven Feinberg, part 2
Courage Consulting
May 01, 2024
He works with CEO’s, senior executives and business founders, from billion-dollar Corporate 500s to young and hungry entrepreneurial start-ups, across brands like Oracle, Google, LinkedIn, Wells Fargo, Hitachi and Xero, ranked Number 1 innovation Start-up.

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172- Courage to Leap & Lead with with Steven Feinberg, part 2
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171- Courage to Leap & Lead with with Steven Feinberg, part 1
Courage Consulting
April 24, 2024
He works with CEO’s, senior executives and business founders, from billion-dollar Corporate 500s to young and hungry entrepreneurial start-ups, across brands like Oracle, Google, LinkedIn, Wells Fargo, Hitachi and Xero, ranked Number 1 innovation Start-up.

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172- Courage to Leap & Lead with with Steven Feinberg, part 1
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April 24, 2024
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170 – Courage to Leap & Lead with Jennifer Fondrevay, part 2
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169 – Courage to Leap & Lead with Jennifer Fondrevay, part 1
Courage Consulting
April 10, 2024
Jennifer is a former C-Suite marketing tech executive who led teams through three separate multibillion-dollar acquisition deals and authored the best-selling satirical business book, “NOW WHAT? A Survivor’s Guide for Thriving through Mergers & Acquisitions”.

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168 – Courage to Leap & Lead with with Lisa Earle McLeod, part 2
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167 – Courage to Leap & Lead with with Lisa Earle McLeod, part 1
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166 – Courage to Leap & Lead with with Urs Koenig
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166 – Courage to Leap & Lead with with Urs Koenig
Courage Consulting
March 19, 2024
Urs is a former United Nations military peacekeeper and NATO military peacekeeping commander, a highly accomplished ultraendurance champion, a widely published professor, and a seasoned executive coach and keynote speaker with more than three decades of experience helping hundreds of leaders and dozens of executive teams unlock new levels of achievement across four continents.

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165 – Courage to Leap & Lead with with Hortense le Gentil – part 2
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March 13, 2024

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164 – Courage to Leap & Lead with with Hortense le Gentil – part 1
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March 06, 2024
Hortense le Gentil is a global executive leadership coach and the author of the widely acclaimed “Aligned: Connecting Your True Self with the Leader You’re Meant to Be.” She works with CEOs and other senior executives around the world to help them lead with authenticity by finding and closing the gaps between the leader they are and the leader they want to be. She is a certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered TM coach and part of MG100 Coaches.

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“Courage to Leap & Lead” — A Leap Day Reflection
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March 04, 2024
  What was your leap day reflection?   Leap Day, which occurs once every four years, offers us a unique moment to pause and reflect on the courageous leaps we’re called to make in our lives and leadership journeys. It’s a day that doesn’t exist in most years, reminding us of the preciousness

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163 – Courage to Leap & Lead with Dr. Jennifer Nash – part 2
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February 29, 2024
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162 – Courage to Leap & Lead with with Dr. Jennifer Nash – part 1
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February 26, 2024
Jennifer Nash, PhD, MBA, PCC, is an executive advisor, MG100 member, author, and leadership development consultant partnering with Fortune 50 executives to drive positive business outcomes. Notable clients include Boeing, Exxon Mobil, Ford Motor Company, Google, IBM, J.P. Morgan, and Verizon.

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Courage to Leap & Lead with Dr. Mark Goulston, part 1 - Episode 154
Courage to Leap & Lead
January 12, 2024
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Courage to Leap & Lead with Michelle Johnston, part 1 - Episode 157
Youtube
January 09, 2024
"Michelle talks about the importance of having courageous connections as a leader when seismic shifts happen. And how her early life has defined her success."

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Courage to Leap & Lead with Dr. Mark Goulston, part 2 - Episode 155
Courage to Leap & Lead
December 19, 2023
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Courage to Leap & Lead with Becky Robinson, part 1 - Episode 152
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November 28, 2023
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Courage to Leap & Lead with Jared Fishman, part 1 - Episode 148
Courage Consulting
November 01, 2023

"From federal prosecutor to investigating the mysterious murder and burning of a black man after Hurricane Katrina... resulting in the prosecution of five New Orleans Police Department officers."

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Courage to Leap & Lead with Dr. Bob Nelson, part 1 - Episode 146
Courage Consulting
October 19, 2023
Dr. Bob Nelson is considered the world’s leading authority on employee recognition, motivation and engagement. He is president of Nelson Motivation Inc., a management training and consulting company that specializes in helping organizations improve their management practices, programs and systems. He serves as an Executive Strategist for HR Issues and has worked with 80 percent of the Fortune 500.

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The Connection Between the Lack Of Courage And C-Suite Suicide

Date : February 11, 2023

In full disclosure I am not a psychologist nor am I a psychologist. However, as a corporate executive coach specializing in COURAGE the topic of CEO suicide is both concerning and thought-provoking. The reasons behind a CEO's decision to take their own life are often complex and can be related to various factors, including depression, financial stress, and lack of courage. In this article, we will focus on the latter.

The role of a CEO includes being responsible for an organization's overall strategy and success; this can be highly demanding, both professionally and personally. They must make tough decisions, manage large teams, and maintain a public image that inspires confidence in the company. This responsibility can be a heavy burden. As a result, many find themselves struggling to maintain their mental and emotional well-being.

One theory is that a contributing factor to CEO suicide is a lack of courage. Courage is often defined as facing danger, fear, or difficulty without being intimidated or deterred. This behavior can involve taking bold and decisive actions, even considering adversity. For a CEO, a lack of courage can manifest as a fear of making the wrong decisions, failure, or what others may think of them.

The lack of courage to confront the challenges of their role may result in being overwhelmed and hopeless. This feeling can lead to depression and other mental health issues, which can further compound their stress and anxiety. In some cases, the CEO may turn to drugs or alcohol to cope, which can only exacerbate the situation.

Another aspect to consider of CEO suicide is the stigma surrounding mental health. Even though mental health is widespread and more widely discussed today following Covid, many people in the C-suite remain silent, lacking the courage to speak openly about their struggles with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues. This silence can still be due to a fear of damaging their reputation or being seen as weak or incapable. Sadly, many may suffer in silence and refuse to seek help, even when it is desperately needed.

The lack of courage can create a vicious circle around a CEO's decision-making ability. When faced with a difficult choice, a CEO with low courage may need help to act decisively and instead become paralyzed with indecision. This paralysis can be particularly problematic in situations where swift action is necessary. In addition, the inability to make quick and confident decisions can further erode self-confidence and contribute to feelings of inadequacy and hopelessness.

The lack of courage can also significantly impact a CEO's relationships with others. When a CEO cannot face challenges or make decisions, they may struggle to effectively lead their team and be present in their personal life. This behavior can lead to frustration and resentment among employees and loved ones and can negatively impact the morale and productivity of the organization and their home life, further exacerbating their isolation and sense of hopelessness.

It is vital for those in the C-suite and organizations to recognize the importance of mental health and provide support and resources for those struggling. With the right help and support, CEOS can find the courage to overcome the challenges they face, lead their organizations with confidence and success, and be present in their personal life.

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Courageous Leadership in Pharmaceuticals: A Tale of Ethics Versus Profit by CB bowman
Thinkers360
April 28, 2024

The dichotomy between courageous leadership and profit-driven greed is stark in the pharmaceutical industry. Ethical leadership is characterized by decisions prioritizing patient welfare, ethical practices, and long-term societal impact over short-term financial gains. This is vividly illustrated in actions such as Johnson & Johnson's swift response during the Tylenol recall, Merck's commitment to donate medications for river blindness, Novartis's bold steps in malaria treatment, demonstrating integrity and enhancing corporate reputation, and AstraZeneca and the COVID-19 Vaccine.

Johnson & Johnson's Crisis Management

In 1982, Johnson & Johnson faced a severe crisis when cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules led to the deaths of seven people in Chicago, turning a trusted household product into a potentially lethal weapon overnight. James Burke, the CEO at the time, prioritized customer safety above all, recalling over 31 million bottles of Tylenol and halting advertisements, which cost the company over $100 million. This decisive action was complemented by their proactive communication with the public and authorities, setting up a customer hotline, and collaborating with the FBI, Chicago PD, and the FDA. This managed the crisis effectively and revolutionized packaging safety standards across the industry.

Merck's Philanthropic Leadership

Merck's philanthropic efforts under CEO Roy Vagelos with the Mectizan Donation Program began in 1987. The program targeted river blindness, a devastating disease affecting millions in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions. By donating Mectizan as long as needed, Merck showed unparalleled commitment to global health, significantly reducing and potentially eliminating the disease. This program, in collaboration with WHO, the World Bank, and various NGOs, is a prime example of successful public-private healthcare partnerships.

Novartis and the Fight Against Malaria

Novartis exhibited another remarkable instance of courageous leadership under Daniel Vasella in the early 2000s. Novartis partnered with the WHO to improve treatments for malaria, a disease that kills millions annually, predominantly in poorer countries. They developed Coartem, an effective anti-malarial drug, and made it available at cost in developing countries, foregoing substantial profits in favor of greater access to essential medicine. This commitment helped to treat millions of malaria cases and set a precedent for access to affordable medications in low-income countries.

AstraZeneca and the COVID-19 Vaccine Development

In 2020, AstraZeneca, under CEO Pascal Soriot, made headlines with its commitment to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine it developed with Oxford University on a non-profit basis during the pandemic. This decision stood out at a time when the global crisis demanded unprecedented public health responses. AstraZeneca pledged to provide the vaccine at a cost to ensure global access, particularly in low-income countries, which often struggle to afford essential medications.

This move was part of a broader strategy to combat the pandemic effectively by prioritizing widespread vaccine availability over potential profits. The company also entered multiple manufacturing partnerships worldwide to boost production capabilities and ensure the vaccine could be delivered globally. This approach demonstrated a significant commitment to global health and showed how a pharmaceutical giant could lead ethically in a worldwide crisis.

Contrasting Paradigms

These examples highlight a contrast within the pharmaceutical industry: while courageous leadership builds a legacy of trust and contributes positively to society, profit greed often leads to reputational damage and a loss of consumer confidence. The Tylenol, Mectizan, Coartem, and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine stories exemplify how pharmaceutical companies can lead with courage and ethics, profoundly impacting global health and safety.

One of the most notorious examples of greed over-riding positive, courageous leadership is the case of Turing Pharmaceuticals under CEO Martin Shkreli, who faced widespread condemnation for raising the price of Daraprim, a critical anti-parasitic drug, from $13.50 to $750 per pill overnight. This act was widely viewed as profit-maximizing at the expense of patient lives, reinforcing the negative image of the pharmaceutical industry as prioritizing profits over patients.

Another example is the opioid crisis, where companies like Purdue Pharma were accused of aggressive marketing tactics that prioritized sales over patient safety, contributing to a national health crisis in the United States. The fallout from these practices has led to massive settlements and ongoing litigation, further damaging the industry's reputation.

The stark differences between these approaches underscore the significant impact of leadership values on the direction and perception of pharmaceutical companies. This isn't just about managing crises or launching donation programs; it's a robust reminder of the potential for ethical leadership to drive meaningful change in an industry often criticized for prioritizing profits over people.

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Why Is Courageous Leadership A Responsibility In Corporations? by CB Bowman
Thinkers360
April 28, 2024

In an era marked by rapid technological advancements, shifting market dynamics, and growing societal expectations, the landscape of corporate leadership has transformed significantly. While still valuable, traditional leadership skills are no longer sufficient to navigate the complexities of today’s global economy. Instead, a more dynamic trait is being recognized as crucial: courageous leadership, which we define as the ability to make bold decisions, take calculated risks, and embrace change in the face of uncertainty. But is it just a desirable attribute, or does it border on a fundamental responsibility for corporate leaders today? Let’s explore why courageous leadership is advantageous and essential in the corporate world.

Courageous Leadership is Indispensable For Driving Change

In an environment where industries are disrupted by innovation and technology at an unprecedented pace, leaders are often required to make swift, sometimes radical, decisions to keep their organizations afloat or ahead of competitors. For instance, a leader might pivot business strategies, invest in new technologies, or restructure the organization. These decisions entail risks and uncertainties but also open up opportunities for growth and improvement. A leader’s courage to step out of comfort zones, challenge the status quo, and embrace change is crucial. It ensures the company’s survival and sets a progressive tone that permeates the organization.

Increasing Spotlight on Corporate Ethics

The role of courageous leadership in upholding integrity and transparency has never been more critical. Corporate scandals can decimate a company’s reputation overnight. However, leaders who dare to practice and enforce ethical behavior, making tough calls even when they may be unfavorable in the short term, can safeguard the company’s reputation. This includes addressing unethical behavior swiftly and decisively, regardless of the individuals involved. Such integrity in leadership helps build a trust-based culture within the company and provides the audience with a sense of security and trust. This is essential for long-term success and ensures a solid and positive reputation in the market.

A Pivotal Role In Fostering Innovation

Courageous leadership also plays a pivotal role in fostering innovation. Leaders must be willing to take calculated risks in a business landscape that values and rewards innovation. This involves backing new ideas and initiatives that might fail. It requires leaders to support their teams’ creative processes and be resilient in the face of setbacks. However, it's important to note that the courage to fail and learn from failure is as necessary as the courage to succeed. By demonstrating this, leaders can cultivate an organizational culture that encourages experimentation and continuous learning despite the potential challenges and setbacks that may arise.

Employee Engagement And Morale Significantly Benefit From Courageous Leadership

Leaders who show courage inspire their teams. They are seen as role models who are committed not just to the company’s success but also to their employees’ growth and well-being. This can be particularly impactful in challenging times when teams look to their leaders for reassurance and direction. A leader’s ability to make bold decisions and communicate them effectively ensures that employees feel valued and understood, boosting morale and productivity. This, in turn, fosters a positive work environment where everyone feels appreciated and motivated to contribute their best, creating an atmosphere of optimism and hope.

Social and Environmental Issues

Corporations today are expected to be more significant in addressing social and environmental issues. Courageous leaders often drive their companies towards greater corporate social responsibility. Whether adopting greener practices, engaging in fair trade, or supporting community projects, it takes courage to commit resources to initiatives that may not yield immediate financial returns but are crucial for sustainable development. The impact of these initiatives extends beyond the company, contributing to a more sustainable and equitable society.

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The Leadership Link Between Courage & Respect
Thinkers360
February 19, 2024

In the nuanced tapestry of leadership, the threads of respect and courage are intricately woven together, each amplifying the strength and effectiveness of the other. Leadership, at its core, is not just about making decisions and directing teams toward common goals; it’s about doing so in a way that fosters trust, encourages innovation, and builds a resilient organizational culture. This is where the symbiotic relationship between respect and courage becomes beneficial and essential.

Respect in leadership transcends mere politeness or deference; it signifies a deep appreciation for each team member’s value, ideas, contributions, and potential. It’s about creating a space where diverse voices are heard and actively sought and valued. This environment of respect generates trust and loyalty, laying a robust foundation for the collective pursuit of goals. However, while creating a harmonious work environment, more than respect is needed to propel a team forward through the complexities and challenges of the modern business world.

Enter courage — the catalyst that propels leaders to venture into the unknown, to make tough decisions, and to stand firm in the face of adversity. Courageous leadership is characterized by a readiness to tackle complex issues, innovate beyond the comfort zone, and make ethical decisions even at the cost of personal sacrifice. It’s about admitting vulnerabilities and learning from failures, actions that require immense bravery and significantly enhance a leader’s respectability among followers.

The interdependence of respect and courage in leadership cannot be overstated. Without the foundation of respect, acts of courage might be perceived as reckless gambles or authoritarian mandates, lacking the support and understanding of the team. Conversely, respect without the driving force of courage can lead to a stagnant environment where opportunities for growth and improvement are missed, as making comfortable choices becomes the norm over challenging the status quo.

When leaders meld respect with courage, they unlock a powerful team dynamic. This dynamic encourages individuals to step out of their comfort zones, knowing they are valued and supported, and embrace challenges as growth opportunities. It creates a culture where ethical practices and innovation are encouraged and celebrated. Leaders who embody respect and courage inspire their teams by command and example, setting a standard that permeates the organization’s fabric.

The relationship between respect and courage in leadership is akin to a dance, where each quality complements and enhances the other, creating a harmony that leads to more effective, ethical, and transformative leadership. This blend of mutual respect and bold courage fosters an environment ripe for success, innovation, and sustained growth, making it clear that these virtues, together, form the cornerstone of genuinely impactful leadership.

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Unlocking Potential: Enhancing Creativity and Innovation through Courage to Amplify ROI
Thinkers360
October 22, 2023

Introduction:

In today’s intensely competitive business landscape, creativity and innovation are more critical than ever in enhancing organizational effectiveness and securing a sustainable competitive advantage. However, cultivating these essential components is closely linked to fostering an environment of courage within the workplace. Courage is the backbone of creativity — it empowers employees to voice unique ideas, challenge the status quo, and embrace uncertainty and risk. When employees feel brave enough to express their thoughts and ideas openly, it accelerates innovation, significantly enhancing the company’s ROI.

Courage and Creativity: A Symbiotic Relationship

Courage and creativity share a symbiotic relationship. Courage catalyzes creativity by creating an environment where employees feel safe to share their innovative ideas without fear of criticism or failure. This psychologically safe environment, studied by Harvard Professor Amy Edmondson1, is paramount for cultivating a culture of innovation. When employees are encouraged to take risks, it unlocks their creative potential and leads to the development of groundbreaking solutions and products.

The Link to Increased ROI:

The intricate link between courage, creativity, and increased ROI is evident in numerous studies and business models. A report by McKinsey & Company2 discovered that companies fostering creativity are more likely to have substantial share price returns, higher EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization), and increased market share. Creativity leads to innovation in products, services, and business processes, subsequently optimizing operational efficiency, reducing costs, and enhancing customer satisfaction — key drivers of ROI.

Empirical Studies:

  1. Google’s Project Aristotle3: Google’s extensive two-year study on team performance revealed that psychological safety — feeling safe to take risks and be vulnerable in front of each other — was the most important factor in the success of Google’s teams. This safety encourages employees to share out-of-the-box ideas without fear of repercussions, fostering innovation.
  2. Boston Consulting Group’s Report4: A study by the Boston Consulting Group showed a strong positive correlation between the diversity of management teams and overall innovation, quantifying up to a 20% increase in innovation revenue. A diverse and inclusive environment, underpinned by courage, fosters a rich pool of perspectives and ideas, propelling creativity and innovation forward.

Strategies for Fostering Courage and Creativity:

1. Foster an Inclusive Culture:

Cultivate an organizational culture that values every opinion and encourages diverse thoughts and ideas. Diversity and inclusion can act as catalysts for creativity and innovation. Companies should actively seek to create diverse teams and provide platforms for open dialogue and expression of ideas.

2. Encourage Risk-Taking:

Employees should be encouraged to take calculated risks. Emphasizing learning from failures, rather than penalizing them, builds resilience and courage among employees and fuels the ideation process. The iterative learning process is crucial for refining and optimizing innovative solutions.

3. Reward and Recognize Innovation:

Recognizing and rewarding creative efforts and innovative solutions encourage employees to think differently and express their ideas openly. A well-structured incentive system can significantly enhance employee morale and foster a proactive approach to creative problem-solving.

4. Provide Learning and Development Opportunities:

Continuous learning and development programs empower employees with the knowledge and skills to think critically and creatively. These programs should focus on fostering an innovative mindset and enhancing problem-solving skills.

5. Open Lines of Communication:

Maintaining transparent and open communication lines within the organization is vital. It makes employees feel valued and heard, encouraging them to contribute more effectively to creative discussions and innovative initiatives.

The Impact on Organizational Success:

When employees exhibit courage, it can lead to breakthrough innovations, pushing the organizational boundaries and leading to unparalleled success. Companies like Apple and Google have imbibed courage and creativity within their organizational DNA, and their market leadership and high ROI are testaments to the effectiveness of these values.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, fostering courage in the workplace is crucial for cultivating creativity and innovation, which are pivotal for enhancing a company’s ROI. By integrating strategies that encourage risk-taking, promote inclusivity, and value diverse thoughts and opinions, CEOs can create a thriving environment conducive to breakthrough thinking and substantial organizational growth. This approach contributes to financial prosperity and the development of a resilient and adaptive organizational culture capable of navigating the complexities of the modern business landscape.

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The Connection Between the Lack Of Courage And C-Suite Suicide
Thinkers360
February 26, 2023

In full disclosure I am not a psychologist nor am I a psychotherapist. However, as a corporate executive coach specializing in COURAGE the topic of CEO suicide is both concerning and thought-provoking. The reasons behind a CEO’s decision to take their own life are often complex and can be related to various factors, including depression, financial stress, and lack of courage. In this article, we will focus on the latter.

The role of a CEO includes being responsible for an organization’s overall strategy and success; this can be highly demanding, both professionally and personally. They must make tough decisions, manage large teams, and maintain a public image that inspires confidence in the company. This responsibility can be a heavy burden. As a result, many find themselves struggling to maintain their mental and emotional well-being.

One theory is that a contributing factor to CEO suicide is a lack of courage. Courage is often defined as facing danger, fear, or difficulty without being intimidated or deterred. This behavior can involve taking bold and decisive actions, even considering adversity. For a CEO, a lack of courage can manifest as a fear of making the wrong decisions, failure, or what others may think of them.

The lack of courage to confront the challenges of their role may result in being overwhelmed and hopeless. This feeling can lead to depression and other mental health issues, which can further compound their stress and anxiety. In some cases, the CEO may turn to drugs or alcohol to cope, which can only exacerbate the situation.

Another aspect to consider of CEO suicide is the stigma surrounding mental health. Even though mental health is widespread and more widely discussed today following Covid, many people in the C-suite remain silent, lacking the courage to speak openly about their struggles with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues. This silence can still be due to a fear of damaging their reputation or being seen as weak or incapable. Sadly, many may suffer in silence and refuse to seek help, even when it is desperately needed.

The lack of courage can create a vicious circle around a CEO’s decision-making ability. When faced with a difficult choice, a CEO with low courage may need help to act decisively and instead become paralyzed with indecision. This paralysis can be particularly problematic in situations where swift action is necessary. In addition, the inability to make quick and confident decisions can further erode self-confidence and contribute to feelings of inadequacy and hopelessness.

The lack of courage can also significantly impact a CEO’s relationships with others. When a CEO cannot face challenges or make decisions, they may struggle to effectively lead their team and be present in their personal life. This behavior can lead to frustration and resentment among employees and loved ones and can negatively impact the morale and productivity of the organization and their home life, further exacerbating their isolation and sense of hopelessness.

It is vital for those in the C-suite and organizations to recognize the importance of mental health and provide support and resources for those struggling. With the right help and support, CEOS can find the courage to overcome the challenges they face, lead their organizations with confidence and success, and be present in their personal life.

 

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The Connection Between the Lack Of Courage And C-Suite Suicide
Thinkers360
February 11, 2023

The topic of CEO suicide is both concerning and thought-provoking. The reasons behind a CEO's decision to take their own life are often complex and can be related to various factors, including depression, financial stress, and lack of courage. In this article, we will focus on the latter.

 

The role of a CEO includes being responsible for an organization's overall strategy and success; this can be highly demanding, both professionally and personally. They must make tough decisions, manage large teams, and maintain a public image that inspires confidence in the company. This responsibility can be a heavy burden. As a result, many find themselves struggling to maintain their mental and emotional well-being.

 

One theory is that a contributing factor to CEO suicide is a lack of courage. Courage is often defined as facing danger, fear, or difficulty without being intimidated or deterred. This behavior can involve taking bold and decisive actions, even considering adversity. For a CEO, a lack of courage can manifest as a fear of making the wrong decisions, failure, or what others may think of them.

 

The lack of courage to confront the challenges of their role may result in being overwhelmed and hopeless. This feeling can lead to depression and other mental health issues, which can further compound their stress and anxiety. In some cases, the CEO may turn to drugs or alcohol to cope, which can only exacerbate the situation.

 

Another aspect to consider of CEO suicide is the stigma surrounding mental health. Even though mental health is widespread and more widely discussed today following Covid, many people in the C-suite remain silent, lacking the courage to speak openly about their struggles with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues. This silence can still be due to a fear of damaging their reputation or being seen as weak or incapable. Sadly, many may suffer in silence and refuse to seek help, even when it is desperately needed.

 

The lack of courage can create a vicious circle around a CEO's decision-making ability. When faced with a difficult choice, a CEO with low courage may need help to act decisively and instead become paralyzed with indecision. This paralysis can be particularly problematic in situations where swift action is necessary. In addition, the inability to make quick and confident decisions can further erode self-confidence and contribute to feelings of inadequacy and hopelessness.

 

The lack of courage can also significantly impact a CEO's relationships with others. When a CEO cannot face challenges or make decisions, they may struggle to effectively lead their team and be present in their personal life. This behavior can lead to frustration and resentment among employees and loved ones and can negatively impact the morale and productivity of the organization and their home life, further exacerbating their isolation and sense of hopelessness.

 

It is vital for those in the C-suite and organizations to recognize the importance of mental health and provide support and resources for those struggling. With the right help and support, CEOS can find the courage to overcome the challenges they face, lead their organizations with confidence and success, and be present in their personal life.

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How to Build an Agile Workforce Amid Employee Shortage & Huge Demand
Thinkers360
February 08, 2023

Today is a talent-first era. COURAGE is the key to employing the right individual for the correct position.

Hiring only by presentation or word of mouth can jeopardize your business operations. What’s even worse is how the pandemic has changed the American workforce landscape leading to a labor shortage.

Businesses are worried about an insufficient supply to accomplish the work, whereas the demand is hugely increasing.

So, how is it possible for leaders to survive and even thrive at this time? Here is how you can navigate the challenges and keep going using courage.

Hire On Performance, Not Presentation

Let’s face it; recruiting professionals often hire candidates with the best presentation, not on performance-basis. There needs to be a hiring system to recruit competent employees. This is possible only when you are seeing fewer but stronger potential candidates versus a herd of candidates along with having defined realistic hiring criteria. This is defined as a Performance-based system.

Performance-based hiring is now more critical than ever given the shortage of workers in almost every industry. Due to the shortage, you are already faced with making several difficult decisions in all aspects of the business. But the biggest leadership priority right now is preserving and hiring the right talent to keep sailing through the ups and downs of your company operations.

Say no to small talks, and create robust hiring structures.

It may seem understated to say that within coal there is a diamond however there is an opportunity to turn the labor crisis into an opportunity to find suitable employees and level up your operations. Think of it as disasters — five pandemics colliding — Covid, economy, social justice, mental health, and environment, providing you with an opportunity to clean house, keeping and hiring the cream of the crop. The idea is to hire based on capabilities and potential and not fall for emotional biases and superficial ingredients. Use your courage and analytical skills to determine the right fit and achieve your short and long-term business goals.

Your company needs initiators, risk-takers, and talented people. But it is also important to have the correct balance and excellent balancing of these types in teams. It enables you to unlock the possibilities with a well-balanced, complex, and connected team to enrich the company culture. You can measure the first impressions at the end of the interview to minimize preconceptions and narrow assessments without hindering your hiring experiences.

Keep Your Expectations Realistic

Manage expectations by having a general guide of goals and expected outcomes. Do not restrict the kind of applications you receive. Holding on to a rigid perfection model will only end in frustration and worse, blind you by locking out innovation and creative problem-solving coming from a new hiring pool. You can get rigid with your objectives. But it is best to remain flexible in how you wish to achieve them.

Realistic expectations help foster a happy, healthy, and productive workforce.

Have the courage to hire based on accomplishments, not just the depth of skills or simply the first impression. Assess the potential candidate’s team contributions as well as individual contributions in previous organizations. It is also important to have a diverse interviewee population, and more than one person conducting the interview at the same time to support rich feedback.

Do Not Overlook Those Who Stay

To create a future-ready workforce, attracting new and dependable hires is essential. They must also be technically competent and have motivation, teamwork, organizational, and problem-solving skills. But during the hiring process, we often forget the folks who stay and are already equipped with the right skill set.

Address worker shortages by retaining your star talent. Involve them in the hiring process.

Have the courage to reward star talent in a way that is meaningful to each individual, for example, involve them in the hiring/interviewing process.

Think through their needs. Listen to them. Recognize and appreciate their contributions. Give them sufficient opportunities to make them feel important.

There is a possibility that all the skills you’re looking for in new hires already exist in your current workforce. Having the courage to make time to help them fly once again will be critical to the ongoing employment culture of the organization. This need not be time intensive, using the strategy of Microcourage™ will go a long way.

Exhibit Managerial Courage

There may be a shortage of talent in some industries; we don’t deny that. But how do you explain the fact that a top-rated company like Google or probably your competitor receives tons of applications every year for numerous positions? Where so many businesses face talent shortages in the current times, a firm like Google is probably facing a talent sorting problem.

A labor shortage might arise if you don’t create a workplace that attracts candidates and retains existing employees.

Take recruiting like fishing. Often, great anglers continually keep reeling in the most desirable fish, whereas others complain about the lack of fish. The real problem sometimes is about the bait you use and where you fish. Shifting back to business, if you or the recruiting staff feel there’s a lack of talent, tweak your strategies. Maintain and highlight positive company culture, showcase job benefits, and improve the onboarding experience.

There may be a labor shortage, but not a skills shortage if you recruit strategically.

Here’s a quick question to trigger systems thinking related to recruiting — how many qualified tech professionals, for example, stay or live within 50 miles of your business? Your answer might be zero or probably very few if there’s a supply shortage. But the reality is there are many techies nearby, some working for competitors, some shifting careers because they aren’t getting the right opportunities.

Coming back to the fishing analogy, if you’re courageous enough to cast the right bait at the precise location, you can mitigate your shortage of prospects. If you want a surplus of the right talent, start fishing in the right lake, with up-to-date equipment, and attractive baits.

Have the courage to think outside of the box to solve for “x” and not “y” — the “attraction” problem instead of focusing on the “shortage” issues to draw enough talent. Embrace flexibility, rethink location, and change the way you measure success.

When you have leadership courage, you deal with problems, people, and situations head-on without appearing intimidated or intimidating.

As a modern-day leader, you cannot simply sit with the labor shortage problem. Have the courage to change the tide with passion and perseverance and drive innovations.

Courage is a must-have trait for modern-day leaders to create connected workplaces. Couple courage with grace and create a hospitable successful environment for all.

To conclude, demonstrating courage isn’t always about winning. It’s about being honest, open, and direct with your actions to get into the game and try new things, understanding shortcomings and where you can make everything great again…

— CB Bowman-Ottomanelli, MCEC, CMC, CVP, CVF — Speaker, Facilitator, Author

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