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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Are you the chicken or the hog?

9 05 2014

“The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs.  The chicken is involved, the pig is committed.” ~Martina Navratilova

You give a some of the time you have in life coming to work in exchange for money to pay for the rest of your life.  You give a part of your day to your job – you’re involved.  Some leaders give some of their time at home to their jobs.  They start early or work late, they worry about someone with troubles in the office.  They wake up at 3am and solve a problem that will save the company some money, or they create an efficiency.  They talk about work at home with their spouse, and their spouses help them solve a problem.  Some counselors go above and beyond the call of duty, and really make that special suggestion to a client – changing their lives for the better.  They care about what they do.

These people are giving more than the basic 40 hours per week.  Their job is more than just punching a time card.  These leaders want to make the company a better place to work, and they want to make the lives of their customers more complete.  That’s leadership.  That’s commitment (minus the pound of flesh the quote might suggest)!  Happy Friday, Leaders!  Enjoy the weekend – you deserve it!

Speaking of chicken…

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Compromise – why it doesn’t ALWAYS work.

22 03 2013

“What’s the two things that they tell you are healthiest to eat?  Chicken and fish.  You know what they should do?  Combine them, eat a Penguin.” ~ Dave Attell

 Today’s quote makes me think about how sometimes, compromise creates a situation where the solution is not workable for either side.  I’m not arguing against finding a compromise solution (see last week’s early bird & early worm story).  We all know leadership is gray, and sometimes, as a leader, you have to pick one direction and move that way.  This is especially true when you have to choose between polar opposites.  If there are good reasons for moving both east and west, then compromise would mean standing still!  Assuming that movement is necessary, gather the data, think about the overall goals in your area of responsibility, and start moving one way or the other.  You might be wrong, but at least you’re not sitting still, gathering dust. 

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