Should You Choose to Accept It…

The US is full into Superbowl as I write this morning. One of the most-watched (THE most-watched?) sports events in the world, it’s an impressive display of strategy, skill, tactics, helmets, American hyper-aggression and meh performances in the half-time show by people whose songs are half the time just plain awful accompanied by a few jiggy dance moves (I’m a singer and was an occasional dancer, sue me!).

When I attended university in the US, I had a sports/football coach (touch football, the type my slight frame could handle and which kept the brains of the students intact) who had played in the Superbowl. Had the ring and everything. He told of a combatant – sorry, opposing player – who once landed on top of him and proceeded to try to gouge his eyes out between the guards on the helmet. My coach was underneath giving him uppercuts to try to dislodge this 300-pound ogre who wanted to kill him. It took several guys come over to lift the attacker off coach and then haul him away, while others helped coach to get up and going.

The coach said he never understood why that guy hated him so much – it wasn’t just that instance, but in multiple games the other player threatened and attacked. Coach didn’t even recall ever really speaking with him or doing anything to him on the field. It was just pure, unrestrained hating violence let loose.

Sometimes you can feel like you’re pinned under a 350-pound (160 kg) gorilla and, like those dreams people have, you’re punching away and it’s feeble and not making a whit of difference no matter how hard you try and you just don’t know why!

It’s situations like those that you need someone else to come in and lift that gorilla off you and help you sort out how to get moving. The Lone Renegade Saviour is a myth. Don’t think it’s all up to you. You don’t understand the violence or the reason for the attack, but at this point you really don’t need to. Sometimes it’s just an unrestrained force which is its own reason.

Get help! Ask someone to remove that gorilla from your chest and help you sit up and see daylight.

The Great Leaders Project: Spend a half day with me reviewing the fascinating stories and episodes of some of history’s greatest acknowledged secular leaders [*see following note] and take away lessons that you can apply that day. Date will be in 2018, depending on interest. If you would like to do this in a shorter online format instead, let me know. Register your interest by email to [*Religious leaders would involve too many ontological discussions, but if you ever want to do that, let me know and I’ll work it out – I have a minor in theology and worked in the faculty.]

The Business Success Workshop: Too many people fail to thrive in their business simply because they don’t know how to put everything together to execute. We’ll spend one supercharged day together in an entrepreneurial mindset, with owners, MDs and execs from diverse industries looking to dramatically drive forward their business idea. At the same time, we’ll consider the mechanisms you need to employ to ensure that you thrive personally and don’t lose balance in your life while you pursue your mission! Tentatively planned for February 2018. Register your interest by email to

Transformational Leadership Retreat 2018: I’m using all of my coaching, educational & development expertise, research, resources and personal executive leadership experience at ultra-challenging levels to design the ultimate transformational leadership retreat – everything that can be accomplished in two and a half days does that not involve ropes and a drill sergeant yelling at people! I’ll be bringing in the big guns for designing this one and sloughing off all the dross and dregs of buzzwords and buzz strategies, so-called development and research that merely obfuscate and “lose the name of action”. If you want to be involved, or have a request for something you’d really wish you could accomplish through a leadership retreat/workshop, then let me know while I’m in the design phase. Watch this space!

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Peter McLean’s Monday Morning Mission – 5/02/2018
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