Leadership Freak: How to Resist Being Helpful

Peter Jenson, Ph.D., author, coach, and Olympic sports psychology consultant, said many things during our conversation but one most gripped me.

“I let them stew in their failure for a while.”
Peter Jenson Ph.D.

A team Jenson worked with suffered a disappointing loss. He let them sleep on it. I’ve been mulling over Jenson’s strategy.

Resist the impulse to help when not helping is helpful.

  1. Struggle strengthens.
  2. Failure humbles.
  3. Defeat opens hearts and minds.

Resist the impulse to help when helping in the past didn’t help. The goal of helping is less helping not more. Repeated helping suggests deeper issues, stop it.

An inability to stop helping
is about you.

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