CHAPTER 5

Shrinking Big Shots

Seasoned Leaders Getting Their Kicks

The older you get, the stronger the wind gets—and it’s always in your face.—Pablo Picasso

Even grizzled workplace veterans contend with getting their butts kicked. For seasoned leaders, a butt kick often comes with the shrinking of your importance or the diminishing of everything you’ve already accomplished.

Imagine building a long and positive track record as a leader. You’ve earned your stripes through hard work, persistence, and dedication. You’ve suffered through, and learned from, many butt kicks. You’ve given more to the organization than it has given to you. Most importantly, you’ve made the Holy Shift, making a real, positive, and enduring difference in the lives of those ...

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