On Green Apples, Cramps, and Diarrhea

green apples

Green-apple-leaders are hard, sour, and useless. The best they offer is cramps and diarrhea. They feel successful because they hang from apple trees. But really, they’re a pain.

You’re a green-apple-leader if you:

  1. Are consumed with desire. You feel good about the ache in your heart to make a difference but there’s no dirt under your nails.
  2. Console yourself with complaining. If leadership is complaining, you’re awesome.
  3. Know! Empty-headed green-apple-leaders have the gift of certainty.
  4. Compare yourself with mediocrity. It’s so affirming to focus on those who are worse than you.
  5. Congratulate yourself on past accomplishments. You repeat the same old success story. Everyone rolls their eyes.
  6. Let anger control you.
  7. Struggle to accept reality. Green-apple-leaders are great at half reality. La-la land begins when problems are out there.

Green apple leaders drag down and feel good doing it.

7 things all ripe leaders do:

  1. Own! Everyone who doesn’t own, blames.
  2. Accept reality before trying to change it. If you think this is easy, you haven’t done it.
  3. Always struggle, sweat, and get dirty. The armchair is for green-apple-leaders who’ve arrived.
  4. Concentrate on what can be done not what can’t.
  5. Define and step toward better. Green-apple-leaders struggle with safe issues they can’t change. Worse yet, they won’t move till the stars align. Perfection is their comfortable excuse.
  6. Think about how far to go not how far you’ve come.
  7. Open your grip generously. Green-apple-leaders are small-hearted, white-knuckled hoarders.

Unlike green-apple-leaders, ripe leaders generate optimism.

5 steps toward ripe:

  1. Never complain if you aren’t going to do something about it. Never!
  2. Always include others.
  3. Concentrate on how far you have to go, not how far you’ve come.
  4. Be a learn-it-all not a know-it-all.
  5. Grow others.

All leaders are part green. Those who don’t know they’re green give people cramps and diarrhea.

What marks of green-apple-leaders can you add?

Why do some leaders ripen while others stay green?