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Run Toward the Roar

Published March 13, 2011 12:33 AM by Glen McDaniel
To succeed, seek out change and action.

Dr. Emmett Murphy, CEO of the Murphy Leadership Group, teaches a course called “Run towards the roar.” This is a clever play on the tale that prides of lions will sometimes use a specific brand of divide and conquer to capture prey. The older, slower male lions will form a line and roar loudly. The terrified prey will turn tail and run, only to find themselves at the mercy of the faster, stronger lions staring them in the face.

Whether this phenomenon really does happen in nature or is just a cute tale, Murphy’s lesson is that for survival, it is best to run towards the roar. In business (healthcare included) the roar is where the action is, where stuff is happening and where it appears most hectic, and even dangerous.

Taking this “run towards the roar” metaphor further, it means that in order to succeed, instead of fearing and shunning change, one should welcome it and use it as an opportunity for growth. Instead of avoiding the “action” seek it out. Instead of trying to stay under the radar, step up, volunteer, show your face, get engaged.

Think about the changes at work. The person who is better prepared for any eventuality is the one who takes the initiative to be educated and involved. Skills learned during a crisis are often transferable to other situations, including other jobs. The person who is a team player and pitches in during stressful times is the person most likely to be seen as a valuable team player, someone not so easily dispensable.

Running towards the roar prepares you to be a better employee and a better person-not just where you are now, but wherever you end up.


At first I thiught the title said Run towards the REAR. LOL. but once I read it I can see how it makes very good sence. It has to do with getting used to change and not having a fear for the future. We cant keep looking back or else we will be left behind while others are moving forward.

Bizzy MLS, Chemistry Supervisor March 21, 2011 9:15 PM
Boston MA

I belive that soooo much. That is a unique way to look at challenges. But I always want to be into everything that's happening. I feel bad if I dont know what's going on or if I dont know what will happen to the lab. I rather be upfront, volunteering and be part of the solution instead of contributing to the problem. I have got promotions and many compliments because I ALWAYS step up and help even when my co workers sit down and just complain. I feel I am not just helping the lab but helping myself. I feel more confident not because I am brighter, but because I have helped with so many projects that I feel I have learned  a lot. Also I am not stupid enough to think my  job is 100% secure but I feel more job security because my bosses sknow I am on eperson who will jump in and help rather sit back and  complain. I help them out and they like that. They are happy and I feel better about myself.

Maria Martinez MT(ASCP) March 14, 2011 6:34 PM
San Antonio TX

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