John Wooden on Praise and Criticism

You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one. John Wooden

Wow, did this quote ever from the great UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, hit me. (Be sure to see the quote I provide at the end for a great lesson.)

Praise and criticism both appeal to the same ego, but from opposite ends. The same ego I speak of is the insecure ego. Insecurity, especially when it is in a leader - is a most dangerous situation. The insecure leader acts to quench insecurity.

Addicted to Praise

Insecurity, lack of confidence, the need for constant praise... these are always serious issues. When they are in a leader - they have even more consequences. It is one thing to have legitimate needs for feedback, encouragement and affirmation. And one of the vital leadership tasks is to "encourage the heart" of those you lead. But for many leaders - it goes a lot farther.

Here is a very nice article that asks: Are You Addicted to Praise.

Worth reading and a careful reflection...

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International


Gratitude, the Source of Happiness

I recently had the pleasure of spending time with one of my grandsons which often brings new insights into who I am and how I think.  We had worked on a carpentry project together which included going to the local hardware store, cutting the wood and beginning the assembly process.  I made sure that he was actively involved in each step.  We had some good conversations and interactions.  At the end of the day I asked him what was the best part of the day and he said that I had given him a piece of gum at the store.  'Really' I thought, that was the best part of the day?  As we discovered later he had told his Mom that he got to build a project with Papa which was encouraging.  As I thought more about his response I realized that I look at life the same way as he does.  God does some amazing things in my life and I focus on the little and pr
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