How was work today? That’s in your court, leader!

14 07 2015

“Right now I’m having amnesia and déjà vu at the same time.” ~ Steven Wright

“Every little job becomes a dream, and you don’t recall it anymore, and maybe you might have déjà vu moment, but it’s like something you dreamed earlier.” ~Terrance Howard

I laughed at the first quote (so decided to share it), but I got nothing on leadership from it, so added a second one, which I can at least work with, even if it’s a run-on sentence like this one. 🙂  Many of us come home to “how was your day, dear?”, or some version of that question.  I suspect that while there are some days that any of us would go home and either celebrate a big win with our family (or gripe about a loss).  I also suspect that there are many days where the answer was “meh, it was alright”.

Many days are just “head down days”, where we work our inbox, help our customers, or otherwise process, document and communicate.  The leadership lesson is that if you do it right, you CAN help to make that conversation at home a positive one.  You have the power to help your employee to go home and say “you know, my boss was pretty cool today – they asked me to do X, and then told me what a great job I did”.  You also have the power to crush their morale, and have them go home saying what a jerk the boss is, because you don’t understand how hard the job is, and don’t appreciate anyone on the team.  I’m just saying: which conversation would you rather be talked about in?

Speaking of deja vu …


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




One response

14 07 2015

Very interesting view of the work place there…helping others have a nice time back home.

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