Motivational Quote: Building Credibility

“Humility builds credibility.” – Richard Elmes

Credibility

This quote was inspired by an excellent blog post that I read this afternoon titled: Apologize Authentically by Cindy Stradling. In this post she not only gives 6 steps on how to Apologize Authentically, but she also says:

“When you apologize authentically, people recognize that you are human, yet are mature enough to acknowledge your failures. Your sensitivity to the feelings of others only makes you more appealing and respected.”

The times when we messed up, humbly taken ownership of the situation and apologized for our actions are the times when trust is built and credibility increases. This is especially true if you are a leader apologizing to someone working for you.

This is a rare and special trait in a leader that help screate an environment where employees want to go above and beyond for you.

This is also a trait that can transform your sales relationship from being a vendor (with lots of competition) to being a partner (with NO competition).

So, put your ego aside, humbly apologize when you messed up and watch your credibility increase.

Here are a couple more blog posts on this subject: Should Managers/Leaders Apologize? 

and The 7+ Habits of Highly Effective Husbands- Habit #9: Apologize

Motivational Quote: Conquering Fear

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“It is not the mountain that we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary, The first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest

Motivational Quote: Obstacles along the way

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” – Frank Clark

Motivational Quote: Trust-Respect-Security

“Where there is no trust, there is no respect. And where there is no respect, there is no security in the relationship.” – Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Popular Radio Show Host and Relationship Expert.

Motivational Quote: Losing

“One loss is good for the soul. Too many losses is not good for the coach.” – Knute Rockne, Notre Dame Football Legend