Tuesday, October 10, 2017

2017-41 - Good leadership rocks...

Years ago, a new boss arrived. He did not send flowery emails to his staff like his predecessors did, and did not produce a new mission statement, like every boss did before him. We were very surprised.

Then, our system administrator made a huge mistake and unplugged a wrong server from the network. A major outage resulted. The boss called him into his office. The Sys Admin expected the worst, he started saying "It is my fault..." but the boss interrupted him. "As your manager, I should have made sure that cables were clearly labelled so such a mistake would be difficult to make." Together the two of them labelled every cable and server in the data centre.

Then, he noticed that his tech support team was not handling trouble tickets well. He got the budget to send them to training. Never a reprimand, nor a patronizing comment from him.

When he finally spoke at all-hands, he never mentioned any of what he did, he only spoke of successes of his employees, calling them out by names. He made each one of us feel very special. He was fiercely loyal to his employees, often putting his own neck on the line.

What he got back was our utmost dedication. He never asked for it, he did not need to.

~ Jim P Dougherty

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

~ John C. Maxwell

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

2017-40 - Be who you are…

He used to hide his true self because he feared people wouldn't like him, or would judge him for being too much this, and not enough that. He found himself acting like everyone else, even though his heart wanted to express itself in ways that felt different than much of what he was seeing in the world.

His heart grew louder, and he longed to taste a different kind of freedom, one his mind had worked hard to contain in order to keep him feeling safe. But that safety came with a price: his authenticity. Then it occurred to him, some people would judge him no matter who he was or what he did.

And that if he was going to be judged anyway, he may as well live his life as authentically as possible and at least be judged for his truth. He also knew some people would love him no matter who he was or what he did, and how much better it would feel to be loved for being real.

~ Scott Stabile

"Don't compromise yourself - you're all you have.”

~ John Grisham