Neglecting Your Shadow Could be Your Demise | Switch and Shift

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All of us are prone to believing our own legend—and each of us must be aware of the shadow we cast. Carl Jung described the concept of The Persona and The Shadow—our public face (show) versus the portion of ourselves we wish to hide.

Matthew Fritz‘s insight:

You have a responsibility to avoid Napoleon’s fate—for yourself and your team.  Be aware of your shadow and develop your ability to cast light in your environment.  Better yet, find people in your life you can trust to provide honest feedback and help you manage your shadow.  Shadow-managers point you back to the light and stoke your fire to burn brighter.  Be true to yourself and your integrity, it’s simpler than you think.  Avoid the trap of believing in your own legend.  Waterloo awaits those who fail in this pursuit!

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Matthew Fritz is a leader and mentor in the field of complex organizational change, emotional intelligence, and organization strategy. A successful DoD senior-acquisition program manager and test leader, Matt has earned documented success in the areas of test and evaluation, assessment, technology development and flight operations. He has specialized experience in cost, schedule and performance management and is an active duty Field-Grade Officer with command-experience in the United States Air Force. Matt is also a certified acquisition professional, as well as a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer/Practitioner. He is the Author of an instructional book entitled, “Leveraging Your LinkedIn Profile for Success” and actively blogs with other military leaders at, as well as his personal blog at He and his wife, Stacy, enjoy life with their daughter and son in New Mexico.

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