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Are you Bold?  If you want to be successful in life and are eager to make a difference in this world, you need boldness!

Recently, I was channel surfing and came across the TV show In Touch with Charles Stanley and saw Charles’ son Andy Stanley talking about boldness.  This caught my attention as I have long believed that boldness is important in life.  Last November, I read and enjoyed Andy Stanley’s book The Next Generation Leader and I have enjoyed listening to him speak on a few occasions.  I grabbed my BlackBerry and started taking notes and particularly liked it when Andy Stanley said:

To not be bold is to say that we don’t care.

Raise your hand and speak up – be bold!

At Creation Technologies, Boldness is one of our six Core Values.  We challenge each member of our Creation family to stand up and make a difference.  We believe that there are great ideas throughout our organization and we want people to boldly seize opportunities to share, champion and take advantage of these ideas.

As a youth, I enjoyed watching Star Trek.  Imagine being Captain Kirk and “boldly going where no man has gone before.”  In reality, isn’t this the role of every leader? Of every person?

When I think of the people who have helped me the most in life, and I think of how they helped me, in many cases they were bold and I would have missed out had they not been.

Here are six ways that you can be bold:

  1. Share ideas;
  2. Create opportunities;
  3. Take advantage of opportunities that present themselves;
  4. Demonstrate courage in response to problems or challenges;
  5. Say something, tactfully and honestly, when it would be easier to remain silent; and
  6. Go out of your way to help someone.

And, three things to avoid:

  1. Avoid being bold for your own sake – be bold for the sake of others;
  2. Avoid being arrogant – be bold with a servant’s heart; and
  3. Don’t use “Boldness” as a license to be obnoxious or overly aggressive.

Most people are not very bold.  Our families, communities, businesses, economies and countries need leaders with boldness.  There are times when I wished I had been bolder.  How about you?

What do you think?  Is boldness important?  Can a person be too bold? Have bold people helped you?  Is it possible to really make a difference in this world without boldness?  What is the secret to being bold without being offensive?

9 Comments to Boldness

  1. John C. Anderson's Gravatar John C. Anderson
    Jun 6, 2011 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    Goethe and Walt Whitman showed boldness in their lives and in their writing. It takes boldness to be a free spirit.
    John C. Anderson

  2. Doug McDonald's Gravatar Doug McDonald
    Jun 6, 2011 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    Hi Arthur, I just completed my APD with Mark K last week. In the section “what should Partner start doing” I said; “I need to be bolder”.
    Your message resonated with me. I recognize the implications. When so much is at stake, I find being bold does take courage more than anything else. A wrong decision can result in so many issues. Often the steady course is the safe bet. But more than courage, it requires the wider team to acknowledge the risk of being bold, and to make the environment safe to permit a failure, in the event it occurs. That is not easy.

  3. Jun 10, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    What do you think?
    Upon reading your post, boldness equates to having the confidence to share ideas in a tactful and honest manner.
    I agree, one has to possess the courage to share their perspective in order to make a difference in the life of another.

    (Personally, I like audacity because I think it is a stronger word to use;however, I will stick with boldness / courage for simplicity.)

    Is boldness important?
    The word boldness is synonymous for words such as daring, audacity, courage, bravery, valor, confidence. Boldness put forth in that context is essential for new challenges. For the reason, each day brings forth new challenges-professional or personal- for an individual to rise above. Therefore, boldness is an absolute necessity.

    Have bold people helped you?
    For my three decades of living, bold people have helped me make better choices in my life by sharing their ideas and experiences with me. Likewise, I am grateful for them taking the time to make a difference in my life.

    Can a person be too bold?
    Is it possible to really make a difference in this world without boldness?
    I will think on these two profoundly challenging questions as the week progresses.

    Your post was engaging, informative, as well as, challenging. I look forward to your next post.

  4. Muhammad Zahid's Gravatar Muhammad Zahid
    Jun 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Yes Arthur

    That is a good question you asked about being boldness. This blog definitely encourages people reading it to share their ideas. Sometimes I feel a person with communication challenge, he sometimes steps back and needs to muster up some courage to go forth, or needs to be encouraged. I was in Vancouver for the development team meeting and every time I came to Vancouver, I always liked the coffee vending machine there. It is a nice machine and I think we should have it everywhere across our creation families.

  5. Cherri Fought's Gravatar Cherri Fought
    Aug 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I have been reading Boldness | Arthur’s Blog for a while, but I finally got around to posting. Thanks for all of the information, you have created a great resource here.

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