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Nouns & Verbs


As a child, we learn at an early age about nouns and verbs. How and when to use them in a sentence. Over time, we build our skills of grammar into a magical ability to communicate our thoughts to others.

As adults, I find we tend to blur the distinction between nouns and verbs. We tend to use nouns to act as verbs more times then we think.

What do I mean by this? Leadership is a very subjective topic where everyone has a slightly different definition when asked. Many talk about strong or weak leadership in organizations as if it is a verb.

To lead is to be active in your collaboration with others. Leadership does not exist nor can be present without behaviors that lead to outcomes that we generally accept as “markers” of leadership.

Goals are misunderstood. When we say we have goals, we imply that we are doing things to achieve them. As if goals were a verb when the word goal is not.

Love falls the same way. We talk of being in love as if we understand what it takes to love.

Stop and think of anything you describe that is a “state of mind” or an ideal. Listen carefully to others when they use these words, that are nouns, as verbs.

My experience tells me that little is being done to make things happen when nouns are confused as if they are verbs. Nothing.

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