"It is possible that people need to believe that they are unmanaged if they are to be managed effectively."
John Kenneth Galbraith

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Leadership Notes -- Thoughts on Leading People and Making a Difference in Organizations

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Estimated reading time:  1:45 minutes


Greetings from Regina where I’ve been working with a great group of leaders exploring tools to increase resiliency and accountability. I love my job!


I’ve been thinking about a conversation recently about “badges.” Badges were a big thing when I was a cub and scout. You earned them for gaining a competency in certain activities. There is a long history of badges designating us as part of this group, or having achieved a goal or commendation. There is even a famous American novel called The Red Badge of Courage that was often on high school reading lists. The badge in this case was a battle wound the protagonist is hungry for as he journeys from an act of cowardice in the face of battle. In short, a badge is most often an external symbol of something worthwhile achieved.


I’ve been wondering, what about giving ourselves badges for work well done? Giving yourself a badge for a project completed, a lesson learned, a skill acquired? Yes it is great to get those externally as well, but what about taking the time to give yourself credit, and a badge. 


To earn a badge:


  1. Set the criteria for yourself, and it should be a bit of a stretch goal
  2. Identify what the badge will be; a new piece of clothing, a small item of jewelry, a small gift for someone else. Whatever it is is should have meaning for you.
  3. Meet the criteria.
  4. Give yourself the badge.



I’ll be interested to read your ideas for badges and how you go on earning them.