EXTREME TESTING: Practicing what you believe in

This week has been filled with the wrapping up of several projects, the planning of future projects, and the packing of suitcases for a much-needed break.

And in that space, I’ve been pondering the past few months.

This fall was a season of EXTREME TESTING.  (Only the teacher forgot to warn me that the tests were coming so I didn’t get to study.  And truthfully, I didn’t realize how much testing was occuring – until things slowed down and I paused to reflect.)

It’s worth noting that although the tests were different, one theme was repeated over and over again:  When I’m under-fire ~Do I really practice what I say I believe in and write about?  (A sampling of some of the tests are listed below on the left, previous articles are on the right.)

 Tests about how much time/energy I should invest: As I worked to communicate with the airline company about our stolen luggage and their organizational development opportunities.

Read more about that test here.


Tests about truth: I had opportunities to shine a light into situations where one group was trying to manipulate an outcome, for their benefit without regard for others.

Read more here: Working with a Manipulator


Tests about grace: Several times I had opportunities to listen, to seek first to understand, and to speak gently to angry/rude people.

 Read more here: Got Sugar?


Tests about integrity: Three times in one week I was asked to do something dishonest so someone else could avoid their responsibility.

 Read more here: Integrity Matters Because


Tests about holding someone else accountable: Three times in the same week someone shared personal beliefs that were not true in a public forum as if they were facts.

Read more here: Practicing Compassionate Accountability


Tests about standing alone: Several times I was faced with additional situations that challenged my core values.

Read more here: Leaders STAND for something


Tests about how accountable I am willing to be: Several times I had opportunities to examine and take ownership of my communication skills, my priorities, and my mistakes.

            Read more here: Looking Back

 This fall has NOT been easy or comfortable.

It’s required:

  • Lots of prayer
  • Intentionally counting my blessings and being thankful for what I have
  • Intentionally taking negative thoughts captive
  • Courage
  • Commitment
  • And the encouragement of dear friends

Here’s the beauty of it all:

 What are your thoughts?How about you?

  • How are you being tested?
  • How do you hold on to your values when you are under-fire?
  • What are you learning?



President, Giana Consulting

Chery believes that:
• Anyone can be a leader.
• Everyone knows something that the rest of us don’t.
• We all need to leave our workplaces, communities, nation and world – better than we found them.

Those beliefs caused her to instigate change from every position she ever had and continually provided opportunities to lead system-wide change from the middle and the edge of organizations.

Her faith and my firm belief that leaders need to walk their talk were the reasons she agreed to move to a part of the world that she once feared. As an expat she embraced daily opportunities to meet and learn from people that represent the nations in our world.

Today Chery is The Founder of Giana Consulting, listed as a Great Leadership Speaker by Inc., writes a recognized leadership blog and has co-authored two leadership books.

She leverages true leadership stories and expat experiences to inform, inspire and emphasize life skills that cause her clients to be more energized and productive.

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2 thoughts on “EXTREME TESTING: Practicing what you believe in

  1. Those are some tests, Sister! For me my greatest test has been feeling okay with the many, many unknowns in my life. In the past, I’d let the stress build until I erupted. Now I’m leaning into the unknown to find my place of peace within – unknowns will always be there.

    Appreciate that you’ve shared your very real and very human struggles, I can relate and appreciate your leadership and example that you can be tested and still thrive, learn and grow.



    • Hi Beautiful Lady!

      What a great example! I agree, that unknowns are stressful. I’m so glad you are learning to navigate the unknown with more peace.

      Thank you for your encouragement! I’m very thankful for the upcoming vacation and some R & R and some adventure!