High ropes leadership training programs were de rigeur some years ago, so when I was sent, I embraced the opportunity. This meant that I was on the fast track to somewhere.

As the week wore on, the material we learned was significant, and useful. Even when learning was in a harness fifty feet in the air.

But near the end, during a discussion session, we were asked to name something that we stood for. We were to say, “I stand for…”.

When my turn came, I stood and said, “I am a stand for kindness.”

The instructor told me that was not appropriate. Others had expressed their stands in productivity, efficiency, and innovation. “You can’t stand for kindness,” I was told.

Fast forward to today, and I am left wondering just what the response to my stand would be.



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Hailing frequency open, Captain.

Dr. Bob Nolley here.

In spite of all of the roles in my profile, at heart, I’m a writer. And a leadership freak.

I podcast (see Labrador Leadership, and another is on the way) and write mostly not from the strategic/marketing/sales perspective, but from the team building and workplace perspectives. The past couple of years have rocketed these areas to the top of the Skills Needed List.

And a memoir is in the typewriter, too.

I have decades of leading in information technology, finance, higher ed, and health care. The current event is that my household move is iminent. I am moving from the West End to the South Side of town, and it will be the longest move of my entire life!

Looking forward to reading your words and hearing your voice.



Dr. Bob Nolley

Dr. Bob Nolley


Full time Husband, Dad, Writer, Podcaster, Professor, Leadership Junkie, Media Buff, Sports fan. Research-based writing on behavior, work, and online business.