You say Potato, I say Grubby Little Rock

5 02 2015

“If the rain spoils our picnic, but saves a farmer’s crop, who are we to say it shouldn’t rain.” ~Tom Barrett

There are at least 2 ways to look at everything.  The optimist sees the glass as half-full, the pessimist half-empty.  The employee looking at the ceiling with glazed over eyes is thought of by one co-worker as a slacker, and by another one as “coming up with their next brilliant idea”.  The salesman who one person thinks of as friendly and charismatic can be seen by another customer as pushy and sleazy.

How you, as a leader, are seen by your team really depends on your relationship with the team (your history), and the amount of stress in the situation.  A leader on a good day is seen as decisive, or confident when they “make the call”.  On a more stressful day the same leader and actions might be thought of as pushy or opinionated as they “give orders”.   Some days you’ll be able to get away with something and exhibiting the same behavior 2 weeks later might cause a revolt from your team.  Today’s leadership lesson:  Know your audience, understand the stress around you, and build up enough “political capital” (goodwill from your team) in the good times so that when you do make a mistake (and don’t we all!), and blow it in the bad times, they’ll give you the benefit of the doubt or forgive you, and remain engaged members of your team.

Speaking of Crops…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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