Digging for a little magic.

24 04 2015

“The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.” ~Blaine Lee

“The dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” ~Colin Powell

These are 2 seemingly conflicting quotes, but any time I see a General Powell quote, he makes the headline, even if I want to tell a story more in line with the first quote.  “Reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in players” means, to me, moving beyond the “blocking and tackling” portions of the job (i.e. the procedures in the training manual).  Any boss can train someone to do their job by the numbers, and without leadership, these folks will do just enough to draw a paycheck and get along.  Most will meet expectations, but as they pull up to the office, they’ll inevitably look up and sigh at the day ahead of them.

The true servant leader will take the extra time to get to know the person behind the job title.  They’ll understand their hopes, dreams, and aspirations for their career.  If they find a special talent in that person, they’ll allow them to flex those muscles with special projects.  They’ll tell them the “nice to know” instead of just the “need to know” to give the employee a bigger picture of what’s going on outside their department.  This could set them up for promotions outside of their line of service, as well as make them more likely to have problem solving ideas that are more “outside the box”.  So, try a little harder to get to know what your employee’s unique value proposition is, and leverage it for both your benefit and theirs.  Make it so that they smile when they get to work, not sigh.

Speaking of Magic…


Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com




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