How do you deal with fear?

11 Mar

A number of Copelanders  got a chance to hear Tom Benson, Chief Experience Officer at Wildplay Element Parks, speak last night at the University of Victoria’s annual Business Banquet.

In front of a room full of BComm students and members of the business community, Tom dealt with an issue I have never before heard addressed from other business leaders.


His fears. Our fears. He used it to drive home a point that really resonated with me.

Great leaders have to get past their fear. They have to face it, acknowledge it and act anyway.

When you move into action from a fearful position, he told us, you don’t grow as a person: You reveal something that is already there.

Made me realize we are all born with the capacity to handle fear and act admirably. It isn’t something that belongs to a select few. “Acknowledge your fear and act anyway.” We can all be leaders if we remember that.

I hope the students, our business leaders of the future, were listening.


8 Responses to “How do you deal with fear?”

  1. hitgirl March 11, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    Doug – Love it. S

  2. andmerson March 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    He noted that it’s ones own self confidence that draws others to follow. I was intrigued by the thought that self discovery is the real road to group leadership.

    It was a great speech. Really enjoyed it.

  3. dougbrowncreative March 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    > Thanks for that Sandy.

    > Andrea something else he said which i liked was that effective leaders need to care about the people who work with them. Lot of hard ass bosses out there don’t do that, or they put their clients ahead of their staff.

  4. charlotte(cuihua) chen March 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    That was really a great speech.

    Benson also noted that to develop others, one first has to develop himself; to lead others, one first has to lead himself. Self-directing and self-managing of everyone definitely helps create a great team!

  5. dougbrowncreative March 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    Great points Cuihua. Tom’s a deceptively effective speaker. He makes an impact without bellowing from the lectern. He speaks softly but carries a big stick!

  6. Kevin March 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    Didn’t hear the talk but having worked with Tom in a previous life I can tell you he’s the real deal. He cares about his people and gets the job done.

  7. dougbrowncreative March 15, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    That sure comes across listening to him speak Kevin. Thanks for the comment.

  8. lindy philip March 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    F E A R

    False Evidence Appearing Real.

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