You already know that people don’t quit jobs; they quit people. What makes people want to leave a boss might surprise you though.
Do you remember learning about the American revolution in grade school? I remember hearing stories about tea thrown into the water, a guy riding through town on a horse yelling, and some guy’s signature was a big deal. The idea of American independence from England was subject matter I learned in school. Growing up, I often wondered why we still made such a big deal out of it since we are so far removed from foreign rule.
Pull up most social media, news, or blog sites, and you’ll find that people are mean to each other. How is it possible that we treat each other this way, and what does it mean for you as a leader?
Ask any financial planner, and they’ll tell you that they can see what is important to their clients just by looking at where they spend their money. People tend to focus their resources on what matters most to them – do we do the same for the culture we want to have in our organizations?
Social media provides plenty of fodder for blogger intros and pastoral sermon illustrations. I was reading someone’s posts a while ago in response to a police officer who froze up on the job. The writer commented that if they were faced with that situation, their response would be too quick and decisive to give them the chance to freeze up. Sometime later, that person was faced with a real-life situation where they did exactly what most people without training for such situations do – they ducked for cover and stayed hidden until the danger was gone.
Ask any patient leaving a hospital who was most instrumental in helping them heal and recover, and they’ll likely tell you it was the nurses.
You’ve probably heard someone change the tone of their voice and say, “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” It’s an oft-quoted line from the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke. It’s a mood lightening way people will acknowledge that a breakdown in communication has occurred.
Do you remember that time you were sure you had a clear understanding or view of what was happening and then you realized you didn’t?
Campaign slogans are made to sound catchy and profound, but words have meaning. Driving to work recently, I saw a billboard for a politician running for office. The candidate’s name and picture were prominent in the ad, and he used the slogan “Service through Leadership.”
2018 Reader Review
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