Leaders Share about Courage, Influence and Hope: August Frontline Festival (with video)

Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival on courage, influence, and hope, celebrating our new book for kids, Glowstone Peak. We asked thought leaders from around the world to share their very best post on these topics.

Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!

Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about collaboration.

New contributors are always welcome. Submit your relevant blog posts here!

Thanks to all of you who shared your thoughts in this video!

Frontline Festival August 2018


Cynthia Stadd of offers The Eating Disorder that Brought Me to my Knees, and How I Found the Courage to Be Healthy.  She shares her journey openly, how courage became part of dealing with the issue, and the steps that helped her toward healthier living.  Connect with Cynthia.

Wendy Dailey of My Dailey Journey gives us It’s Hard to Speak Up.  It’s hard to speak up when someone says or does something that makes you uncomfortable, but we need to hear these stories. Not just the stories of harassment, but of all bad behavior that we need to stop tolerating in the workplace. Follow Wendy.

Eileen McDargh of The Energizer shares THAI THIS: Resiliency Lessons from Underground. We saw an amazing rescue in Thailand, and there are several lessons we can learn about courage from those involved.   Follow Eileen.

Lisa Kohn from Chatsworth Consulting Group presents Be Brave. Show Up.  She shares that when something comes our way that we don’t know how to handle,  just showing up may actually be all we need to do. Or sometimes even just to being willing to show up. Because each time we simply show up, we grow, and we get braver and stronger and begin to lead more effectively.

Rachel Blakely-Gray of Patriot Software, LLC  offers How to Pursue Customer Conflict Resolution with a Level Head. Anyone who tackles conflict-related problems needs the courage and humility to understand and address the other party’s pain points. Learn how to achieve customer conflict resolution in your small business.  Follow Rachel.

David Grossman of The Grossman Group provides Times of Change Call for Increased Levels of Communication and Courage. In times of change or uncertainty, organizations need leadership more than ever. This is the time for courageous conversations and straightforward communication. Get insights on what to share with employees and why it’s important. Follow David.

Chris Edmonds of Driving Results through Culture provides his Culture Leadership Charge: Drive out Fear.  In this three-minute video episode, Chris shares the open secret of WD-40 Company’s tribal culture–replacing fear with learning moments.  Follow Chris.

I did leave, but then I came back to tell you that if you were brave enough, I could be brave, too.”  – Gnome


Sean Glaze of Great Results Teambuilding shares a short video on influence.  As a Winning Teammate, what is the ONE way for to be most effective and consistent in influencing your team? How does courage create that opportunity?  Follow Sean.

Ronni Hendel of InsightOut Leadership gives us a touching Tribute to My Teacher in memory of  Doug Silsbee. Doug wrote and taught about presence for many years, most recently in the context of being in hospice and facing his own death. Sadly, he passed away on August 1st. His courage remains a source of inspiration for which Ronnie is immensely grateful.   Follow Ronni.

Paula Kiger of Big Green Pen provides Underneath the Drywall. All of us are individuals of many layers, some of which aren’t obvious to the casual observer. It is what we infuse in those deeper layers that influences who we are and the long-term effect we have on the world.  Follow Paula.

Oh and as a bonus… check out Paula’s video and review of Glowstone Peak.

Shelley Row of Shelley Row Associates gives us Words Matter: Three Steps to Using Words to Get What You Want. In this post, Shelley reminds us of the power and influence of words on ourselves and those we lead.  Follow Shelley.

Miles Anthony Smith, MBA of shares 29 Leadership Experts Share Their Top 19 Leadership Competencies & Behaviors for Success.  If you want to have a positive influence on your team and others, this list will inspire you.  Follow Miles.

Let’s go together. What are we waiting for? – Mother Gnobuck


Glowstone Peak What makes you hopefulNate Regier of Next Element Consulting offers The Discipline of Optimism. In it, he encourages us to not just see the glass as half full, but do what it takes to fill it up.   Follow Nate.

Skip Prichard of Leadership Insights  gives us Quotes on Hope. Napoleon once said that leaders are dealers in hope. With that in mind, here are some of his very favorite quotes on hope.  Follow Skip.

Julie Winkle Giulioni of DesignArounds provides Who Knows What Employees Really Want? One thing that fuels hope in the workplace is when leaders know what employees want and help them make it happen. This post explores possibilities and simple processes leaders can use to powerfully support employees and contribute to a hopeful environment. Follow Julie.

And yes, ANOTHER BONUS… Thank you Julie for the opportunity to share our thinking on Questions to Develop Leadership in Children as part of our Glowstone Peak Launch.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited gives us How the HOPE Family Encouraged Me.  During a season of discouragement in her business, Beth experienced personal hope and uplift from other professionals. She shares about what a gift that was. Follow Beth.

The answer is up there, somewhere.  – Selvia

Your Turn.

Are you working to grow courage, influence, and hope in young leaders? We’d love to hear from you and your children. Check out our Glowstone Peak activity page for ways to celebrate children living these values. Or to order a copy of Glowstone Peak click here.

Courage: 5 Ways to Show Up Stronger

Courage: 5 Ways to Show Up Stronger (Even When You’re Scared)

Have you ever wanted to take a stand, but kept quiet? Have you had a moment of bravery you found hard to explain? Where does courage come from?

A Courageous Guest Post from Selvia of Glowstone Peak

Karin and David asked me to share some of my thoughts on courage for you grown-ups; which quite frankly scares me more than talking to any Gnobuck. You see, I’m only 40, which is quite a kid in our Nuin years. I mean even you humans know that 40 is the new 20.

I don’t have any of this figured out. And I’m terrified of what you might think. Karin says you humans call that the Imposter Syndrome.

But let’s be real. I’ve seen how humans talk to one another on social media. Yikes.  Gnobucks may breathe fire, but at least you can see it coming.

Our story of the recent happenings at Glowstone Peak seems to be helping kids find courage. So,  If I can help even one grown-up be braver, I’m willing to give it a go, So here’s my best advice on courage for grown-ups.

One Nuin’s Thoughts on Courage For Grown Ups

First, I searched the internet for some of the best human thinking on courage.

This guy, Teddy seems to get it:

“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” -Theodore Roosevelt

And there’s some terrific research in this fantastic HRB article on Courage.  My favorite insight:

“Learning to take an intelligent gamble requires an understanding of what I call the “courage calculation:” a method of making success more likely while avoiding rash, unproductive, or irrational behavior. Six discrete processes make up the courage calculation: setting primary and secondary goals; determining the importance of achieving them; tipping the power balance in your favor; weighing risks against benefits; selecting the proper time for action; and developing contingency plans.”

And then David let me come over and watch a bit of Game of Thrones. You gotta love Bran and his Dad. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’ ‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.”

And Inc. has a cool  list of ideas of how you can “put fear in its place.”

Okay. Enough stalling. My turn.

Courage on Glowstone Peak

5 Ways to Be More Courageous


  1. Listen to Your Heart
    I didn’t set out to be brave, brave just happened to me. The best courage comes from caring deeply.
  2. Stay Open to Surprising Support
    Taking your first brave step can be remarkably lonely. The people who you thought were on your side might be too scared to help. That doesn’t mean you are in it alone.  Karin and David have both told me how this happened to them. Keep looking and stay open. There might just be a helpful gnome around the corner, building his courage too.
  3. Choose Your Timing
    There’s a big difference between brave and brash. Think well about the best time to make your bold moves. Go slow to go fast. And do your homework.
  4. Stay Focused on the Bigger Mission
    I knew what needed to be done–we needed to restore the glowstone.  That goal became more important than politics, dark forests, or even dragons. There is real courage to be found in a compelling mission. What’s yours?
  5. Use your V.O.I.C.E. 
    Karin and David teach this practical persuasion technique. I’ve got to say for human-thinking, it’s not half bad. Check it out if you’re looking for ways to take a courageous stand and have more influence and impact. It might have saved me some time getting those pixies on board.

To learn more about my story, visit Glowstone Peak 

Your Turn: I’d love to hear your stories of courage and inclusion.

AVAILABLE NOW: GLOWSTONE PEAK: A Story of Courage, Influence and Hope

Glowstone Peak: A Children's Leadership Book

See also:

Why bother Speaking Up (and other destructive thinking)

19 Questions to Grow Confidence in Children

Developing Leadership Skills in Children:  11 Ways to Grow Leadership Skills in Children

Children’s Books on Leadership: Questions to Inspire Young Thinking