Leadership Haikus – Fear

When the going gets tough, I write haiku. Personal haiku, political haiku, random haiku – I find it soothing to take something overwhelming and pack up all its punch in only 17 syllables. This week, I’ve been seeing the effects of fear everywhere I look, including the mirror. These 6 haiku are as much for me as for my clients and friends. Hope you enjoy them.

#1

Go forward or go back?

Stay?  Start, stop, start, stop. Afraid.

That’s no way to lead.

#2

Start strong, keep going.

Shadows follow, never lead.

They cannot catch you.

#3

Gossip, distance, blame.

Do too much, don’t do enough.

Anxiety sucks.

#4

Tired? Stuck? It’s fear.

Quick:  Get up!  Energy comes

from movement, not thought.

#5

Deadline: Hurry up!

Key points I miss, rushing past,

Bite me later. Ouch.

#6

Push, shout, threaten,

Justified in times like these!

Counterproductive.

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