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The Discomfort Zone by Marcia Reynolds

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Chapter OneCriteria for Choosing a Discomfort Zone Conversation

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”

Ralph Nader, from Crashing the Party

I was sharing my latest complaints about my peers with my boss when he suddenly sighed so loudly I stopped mid-sentence. When he had my attention, he said, “I know you work hard. I know you want the best for the company, but everybody seems to let you down. Is anyone ever good enough for you?”

I sat paralyzed for a dreadfully long time. When I finally exhaled, the tension rolled down my shoulders resting heavily in my legs. I felt both embarrassed and amazed. My coach had once made a similar observation after my rant about my dating fiascos. Here was my wall of protection ...

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