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Are You A Hero Or A Goat?

This question can be a useful tool to measure your intentions or to assist you while making a decision. We know intentions count when seeking a solution or serving a client.

Just stopping long enough to ponder this silly comparison may add perspective to your choices.

Here are a limited list of conditions for comparison:

  • Heroes are selfless. They DO something for nothing. 
  • Heroes put others first. 
  • Heroes give others credit.
  • Heroes can act and respond quickly.
  • Heroes are self-directed.
  • Heroes come in all shapes and sizes
  • Independent thinker.


  • Goats are always looking for a handout for something to “eat.”
  • Goats are friendly and need to be herded.
  • Goats can give milk, one flavor, and you do the work!
  • Goats are sure-footed and climb rough terrain when guided.
  • Herd mentality.

Ultimately, I ask myself, “Do I want to be a hero or a goat?” What am I willing to do, to step up for my friends, family, or clients? Sometimes, we have to break our own “log jam.”

What are your steps to make a decision? -MC



As a credentialed business coach and analyst, one of my primary functions is to work with individuals and company managers to clarify where they are presently, where they would like to advance, and what tools they have and need to achieve their desired outcome.

I use a variety of tools to assess perceptions including Platinum Rule instruments, my experience and training in assessing behavior. My preferred tool is the EQ-i®, emotional intelligence inventory. I have specialized training on the EQ-i® and DISC Inventories and access to multiple other sources including a company culture index. I prefer the EQ-i® because it is the least judgmental instrument I have found. It focuses on strengths and areas of development related to the goals set by the individual. For example, people are more likely to apply the EQ-i®’s information rather than label themselves by the Myers-Briggs categories.

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