Manage Without Fear to Grow

What stops us from changing our thinking, our approach, our behavior? It’s usually fear. Think about it. What truly successful company is doing the same thing today as it was just a few years ago?  If those companies were led by people who wanted to keep the status quo, they would certainly start to fail. Been to a McCafe lately? Ray Kroc would have no idea! Driven a Tesla? Just like your father’s Oldsmobile.  

Companies large and small that grow and prosper are those that challenge the status quo. They challenge and change their markets – Canon did, Kodak didn’t. Their challenge and change products – Apple did, Gateway didn’t. They challenge and change their branding – Subaru did, Pontiac didn’t.

Fear drove those that did not change. They’re gone.

Great companies (and great parents!) encourage their people to learn, to grow, to challenge the status quo. More importantly, they ask their people to challenge the company: To ask the company why? Why do we do it this way? 

Why are we organized this way? 


Great companies, large and small ask their people to understand and challenge how things are done. How could we do it better?  How can we manage and lead with more success?

Yet many of us do not allow our colleagues to challenge us at all. Indeed, speaking UP is daunting to many. How many of us told our Mom and Dad that they needed to be nicer, quieter, more encouraging, less moody? I know I didn’t!  And by the quiet laughter I get when I ask my audiences, I surmise I am not alone.

Ask yourselves: how much do I let fear control me? 

What would you do differently if you didn’t let the fear control you? 

How encouraging of challenge and innovation is your style – and the culture of your company? Are people afraid to speak up? What would happen if they were just a little less afraid? 

More courage. Less Fear. More success. Sustained.

Steve Garber is director of Third Level Ltd. Contact him at 561.752.5505 or email him at sgarber@thirdlevel.com.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.