I recently spoke with a president of an organization that when asked what his role at the company was, responded in all seriousness “too keep the doors open.” In other words, to keep organization afloat.
This unfortunately is very sad. No mention of “providing a clear and compelling direction for my staff” or “removing roadblocks for passionate service”. Nope. Just to keep the doors open. And guess what employees do when you have a “visionary leader” of this magnitude? They run.
Imagine going to a doctor to talk about laser vision correction surgery. Naturally you are nervous so you ask the doctor what are the risks? What can I expect from my vision after the surgery? And maybe most importantly, will I get dry eye to the point that I won’t be able cry when Brian Piccolo dies while watching Brian’s Song?
And imagine that after your barrage of questions all that the doctor manages to eek out is, “Don’t worry. My number one goal here is to make sure you don’t die.” Huh? That’s grand and all, but what you really wanted to know was if you would ever see well enough to play golf without contacts. I can just picture you now kindly thanking the doctor for her time, gathering your belongings and high-tailing it out of there!
When you see your job as simply maintaining the smallest allowable breath that will sustain life, you really miss a great opportunity to exhale a deep breath of passion and inspiration within the walls of your own company.
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