If no one is telling you that you’re wrong, or that you’re screwing up, it is easy to begin to think that perfection has been set.

During my week at the @ATTCottonBowl, I had the opportunity to eat lunch with fellow Abilene Christian alumni, Lance Barrow. Both Lance and I were part of championship football teams (same position: long snapper) at ACU, and share a passion for sports media. It was a neat opportunity.

The quote above is what I took away from our conversation. Lance talked about how through the years, many colleagues of his began to set themselves apart because of their title, and or fame. As soon as you begin to surround yourself with people who are not capable of keeping you accountable, it is easy to think that you are doing everything right.  

At this point, as a leader, you’re dead. This is a dangerous place to be. It is virtually impossible to lead effectively when you are doing something badly and no one’s bothering to tell you anymore. If no one is there to tell you you’re wrong, they probably have given up on you. Your critics are the ones still telling you they love you and care.

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