Be A Duck On Water

In my experience in the client services business, I have trained a lot of managers who are responsible for leading both internal teams and external client contacts. One of the most important and useful tips I’ve given is to be like a duck on the water – even when you’re going mad trying to handle multiple demands, requests and needs, look calm. Lead with confident assertiveness – even when you’re unsure. It’s vital to make your team – both the one you manage and the one you service – believe that you’ve got it all under control.

Be a duck on water – it’s fine to paddle furiously underneath, but look calm, graceful and in control above the surface. You’ll be surprised at how well this technique can help you become a better leader.

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About Christine Perkett

I've spent my career coaching CEOs, CMOs, and COOs on how to best market and grow their companies, how to inspire and motivate their workforces, and how to manage in good times and in bad. I'm a serial entrepreneur who has founded three companies. I've received numerous accolades and awards including being named a “Top 100 Must Follow Marketing Mind” in Forbes, a 2020 Top 50 Social Media Influencer in Planable, a “Boston 50 on Fire” finalist, a “Top CEO to follow on Twitter,” a “Top 50 Social Media Influencer on Twitter” by Vocus (now Cision), and one of the 250 Most Influential Women Leaders by Richtopia since 2015. I've been featured in numerous outlets for my expertise including Associated Press, ABC, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and many more. I am also an adjunct Professor of Digital Marketing and Media at Northeastern University in Boston. I champion women in business and enjoy helping others make their dreams come true. Personally, I 'm a mom to four who loves dogs, the ocean, fashion, marathons, wine, humor and kindness.

1 thought on “Be A Duck On Water

  1. jeff shuey

    Agreed. I have used this line many times.

    A friend at Microsoft said something to this effect 10+ years ago and I gave him the “puppy dog look” … you know the head cocked to the side and seemingly saying “huh”

    He saw my confusion and said … “everything is calm on the surface, but underneath I’m paddling like crazy … like a duck.”

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