When the truth stinks by Lisa H. Thomas…..

How often do we stop ourselves from taking risks? Safety is the best policy, isn’t it? We’ve heard that before I’d imagine. But great leaders do not  succeed being comfortable.

I recently did a segment on My Carolina Today and I found myself worried about how I might look on camera. I’d let my hair grow, dyed it and allowed someone to talk me into a different look. I wasn’t too keen on the length of my hair and was about to cut it but thought hey, I’ll try something new. So I did. I wanted to believe that it would be fine, but somewhere deep down; I knew this look might not be the prettiest version of me. Well, not only was it not my greatest version, it was one of my worst on camera moments, yet.

Funny, how we make such a big deal about hair, makeup, clothes, eyeliner, nail polish etc… There was a time that I wouldn’t do anything for the fear of looking bad, failure or even success. There’s this quote that says, “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.Mark Zuckerberg. I took a risk…Was it a risk worth taking? Well, that will reveal itself in time.  Yes, the truth is this was a bad hair day for the camera and it stinks, but another truth is risk always pays off in the end.

Risk is a part of success. Many great leaders take risk, but suffer in silence with the fear of having taken them.   In the bad hair segment, I talk about the lone ranger, and  how sharing your greatest challenges and weaknesses can be an asset to your success.

The big question: Who do you confide in if you are the risk taker, who never has the room to fail and you are  expected to be “perfect” in every way every day all-day. Take a look and see what I had to say about that.


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Lisa Thomas is the CEO of The P3 Group, Inc. and The P3 Group International, LLC, publisher of The P3 Power Boost Online Magazine, host of The P3 Power Boost Radio Show, and President of the Board of Directors of NetWorth. She is a 20-year veteran in business, executive leadership and performance coaching/consulting. She has worked extensive with corporate call centers, executives and small business enterprises. She’s been a featured columnist and business strategist on Affiliate NPR, WFDD, The Cary News, Fox 8 and numerous NBC affiliate stations.

Lisa is best known for her business and leadership acumen and is widely recognized her ability to develop leaders to be more effective. Lisa is also a sought after keynote speaker on various topics women in leadership face. She generously donates her time and expertise to a number of organizations and worthy causes, including NetWorth, the Business Succession Forum Network, and the Hazel B. Neal Foundation, for which she recently was recognized with the woman of Power, Purpose and Vision award. In her downtime, she can be found practicing yoga, cycling, swimming, reading a good book or spending time with family and friends.

Lisa Thomas
CEO/Sr. Business Strategist
The P3 Group, Inc.


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