Keeping the kite up, and the fish on.

26 01 2016

“A kite needs to be tied down in order to fly.  I learned how important restrictions can sometimes be in order to experience freedom.” ~ Damien Rice

America, the poster child for freedom, has freedom of speech, but still makes hate speech illegal.  We have the right to bear arms, but still have rules that prohibit felons and others who shouldn’t have a gun from having one legally.  We have fast cars, but still have speed limits, stop signs, and rules of right-of-way.  These restrictions are in place to keep our citizens free, but safe.

As leaders, we need to find that happy medium where we give our employees the freedom to do more than just “the job”, while still ensuring that the job gets done.  That might mean needing them to work certain hours, or in certain locations, and making certain meetings.  On the other hand, they need to be given the freedom to improvise, innovate, and enjoy their job.  Like those times when I have a large salmon on the line, we need to keep that string tight, but let the rod bend, and the line spool out when necessary, or it breaks and the fish gets away.  (Yeah, that last simile was a “leap”, but I got to talk about Salmon fishing!)

Speaking of kites…

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Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

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26 01 2016
krazjim

Peeve, and correction noted :-). It is still “illegal” in most workplaces, and will get one fired, though!

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