The Last Lecture – Leadership Lesson 8

I found the Randy Pausch Last Lecture video and book very uplifting and inspiring – full of life and leadership lessons. If you haven’t seen the video, you can see it here … and you can get the book here.


Brick Walls Are There For A Reason

While describing obstacles, in Mr. Pausch’s book on page 79 – last paragraph, he writes; “Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”

In leadership we are faced with brick walls constantly. Both inside the company and outside the company.

With internal brick walls … you may hear others say, “you’ve got to pick your battles.” I say, forget that ! If you want something bad enough or if you believe in something strongly enough,  you fight for it. Yep, fight for it. But fight fair – use sound reasoning and rationale for getting over (or through) the brick wall. No politics – just facts and good timing while being persistent and patient.

However you must remember, your facts might be wrong and it’s possible the reason you want something may be for the “wrong reason”. Like you being selfish and you are fighting for something that is not in the best interest of the company.

So be sure you know how to recognize why the brick wall is there – either to prevent you from doing something stupid or to have you demonstrate your leadership skills in over coming obstacles.

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One Response

  1. Randy was truly an accidental inspiration to us all. I know that many of the other leadership coaches that I work with have used many a quote from his lecture to make a point.

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