Label Maker - Leadership SHIFT Tip

Having a pop psychology label as an extrovert, driver, or upholder is fine for a team building, but it probably won’t change behavior.

Placing a liberal or conservative tag on someone is excellent if you wish to fan the flames of tribalism as are the other labels that dehumanize others.

“Labels are for filling. Labels are for clothing.
Labels are not for people.”
- Martina Navratilova

Yesterday I rode the last eighty-one of 240 miles of a three-day charity ride from Charlotte to Charleston with Brian Muscarella and his peloton from the Adapted Sports & Adventures Program. Brian and I met via my memoir, Shift: Creating Better Tomorrows. He suffered a paralyzing spinal stroke in 2006. You could label Brian and his fellow athletes as just disabled, but that would prevent you from fully connecting with their resilience, compassion, and mindset. Plus, they are probably more active than most people we know.


Labels work beautifully when the goal is to divide and hold us back. They do little in helping create more happiness and connection.

No, if happiness is your quest, then the only label that matters is the one you place on yourself when you look in the mirror and say, “I am ____.”

And if you don’t like the answer, don’t worry. You can always print a different one with your label maker.

Have fun storming the castle!

p.s., If you are interested in contributing to Brian’s peloton, learn more via ASAP.

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