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Small Thought on A Fearless Flag Bearer

After being on several teams where we've had to ship projects on ridiculously tight timelines, I've come to realize that there is no amount of technical or creative skill that can replace bravery, conviction, and integrity. Sometimes, the only reason why Death Marches get completed is because of the three attributes of a person (bravery, conviction, and integrity). What I do find is that the people out there, on the battlefield, shipping these whirlwind projects and trying their best to nurture these fractured client relationships are the only reason why great companies exist. It's the heroes that keep them alive. It's the heroes that set the bar. It's the heroes that inspire their teammates with confidence about the overall vision.

When people write articles about how the world doesn't need heroes due to the unsustainable nature of a fearless flag bearer, one can argue the opposite. Teams always need heroes -- someone to look up to. Someone who treats his or…