Dreams versus excuses

Dreams versus excuses

01 octobre 2021
Marie Croes
  • ⚡ Coming up with excuses is much easier than making an effort to make your dreams come true.

    Setting up my own company was one of my dreams.

    It took me years to finally stop making excuses.

    I am sure you recognize some of them:
    🌩️ I don’t have enough financial stability yet
    🌩️ I don’t know that it’s a good business idea
    🌩️ I am sure somebody else has already launched this kind of business
    🌩️ My current job is too important to quit
    🌩️ If it doesn’t work out, everybody will think I am a loser
    🌩️ I need more time to think about it
    🌩️ The others say that I am not an entrepreneur

  • What are your dreams? More importantly, what are your 101 excuses?

Struggles of a manager

Managers are

  • new in this role


    • lack self-confidence
    • don’t know how to go from being a colleague to being a boss
    • need to loosen up on the command & control leadership style
    • must let go of the (technical) expert status
    • cannot give or accept constructive feedback
    • feel pressure to perform as manager
    • have difficulty building relationships
    • want to be liked by everyone or want to be the ‘bad boss’
    • play the hero
  • are struggling


    • stay too involved in operations
    • have trouble prioritizing
    • cannot delegate
    • fear conflict situations
    • disconnect from the team
    • deal with flawed strategic thinking
    • do not relate to higher management
    • lack clear communication skills
    • remain not self-aware
    • avoid difficult conversations
    • miss political antennas
    • ...
  • capable of more


    • need mental preparation as successor
    • need to be able to lead big changes ahead
    • need to learn to be emotionally resilient and in control
    • need to learn to make big decisions fast without all the information
    • must become persuasive presenters
    • need to learn how to cultivate their own personal brand
    • need to learn how to lead by example
    • manage by trust, not by fear
    • need to overly develop empathy
    • ...
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