Falling through the cloud floor

13 12 2016

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.” ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

“A neurotic is a man who builds a castle in the air.  A psychotic is the man who lives in it.  A psychiatrist is the man who collects the rent.” – Jerome Lawrence

This set of quotes leaves me scratching my head.  Is it aspirational to build a castle in the clouds, or are you a lunatic to even try?  I’ll leave it up to your own leadership style to decide the right answer.

Leaders who dream can, and have turned “chicken droppings” into chicken salad (I took a little creative license with the old saying to use appropriate languages).  They’ve been given a loser of a product/service/project, and succeeded where nobody ever thought it would work.  Others have been asked to do the impossible, and said “no thank you”, and didn’t take the job, as only a crazy person would try do build (or live in) a castle in the sky.  Pick and choose your castle projects wisely, leaders!

Speaking of …


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Build your castles in the air!

2 10 2013

“Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air.  They are where they should be.  Now put the foundations under them.” ~Henry David Thoreau 

Worry is a good topic for today, as I’ve had conversations with several worried employees, since we just announced one of the greatest mergers in the history of our industry!!!  With every merger, there is some pain, worry, and anxiety with those to whom the news is new, or who don’t have a clear path ahead of them.  What I’m asking of you, my managers , directors and VP’s (as well as you, dear reader, if you’re ever in this situation) is to do your best to put a good face on the merger, and pull in the same positive direction.

 I’m not even asking you to “pretend” that it’s a good idea.  We really are building that “castle in the air”.  We’re going to be one of the greatest counseling organizations in the history of the world.  Yes, we’ll be busy building foundations.  We won’t be right 100% of the time, and we’ll learn from our mistakes (mistakes are just experience waiting to happen, right?).  We’ll accidentally step on each other’s toes, and experience some cultural challenges, but that’s all foundation.  That being said, I’m thanking you all in advance for pulling in the same direction that I am – UP.  This is going to be something we all look back on in 2015 and say “wow… look what we built!”

 And for the daily, almost-always-tenuous tie-in to the cartoon:  Speaking of worry…



Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com