“Do you limp?”
The inquiry caught me off guard. Popular author Gary Smalley and his team were peppering me with questions, determining if I was the best candidate to collaborate on his next project.
“Do you limp?” his mentoree, Ted Cunningham, pressed again, determined to discover if I’d experienced adversity or hardship.
“You have no idea,” I answered.
That conversation, which took place more than six years ago, still echoes in my mind. Gary Smalley, Ted Cunningham, and I have worked on more than a half-dozen projects together, but I’ve never forgotten the issue they raised that day.
Do you limp? remains a timeless question among those in leadership. It’s the gentle way of asking:
Can we survive in a foxhole together?
Are you going to buckle under pressure?
Have you been tested?
Are you made of steel or straw? Continue Reading...