Running has been a part of my morning routine for years. Strangely, the earlier the better. I love it, it is pitch black, it is quiet. My husband knows this and has bought me reflective gloves, hats, and lights. I will wear none of them and so yesterday, when a car almost hit me, I was not surprised. In the dark, I blend in. On the quiet empty streets nobody expects me. My feet make no noise. How would anyone notice I am there?
I love using this video clip as a leadership metaphor. Rodney Dangerfield is a typical visionary leader. He gets excited about something, and rushes full speed ahead, pushing the captain (the guy who actually knows what he is doing on the boat/organization) out of the way to steer.
When a boat is cruising through the harbor, it produces a huge wake that gets everyone to get out of his way. Long after the boat has past, the wake still remains, tossing and turning boats, docks, swimmers, etc.
Every tradesperson has a toolbox full of tools they need to do their jobs accurately and efficiently. They are trained to use these tools through years of apprenticeship, on the job training or schooling. They continually sharpen and hone their tools for best efficiency and edge. As they grow in their craft, they get new and more efficient technology, throwing away their old tools.
It is easy to let our overwork, employment issues, stress and frustration give us heartburn and anger. As hospitality leaders, especially in this job market, we see employees come and go through our organization seasonally or even more quickly. As leaders we can tire of telling people the same thing day after day; or season after season; or year after year. We can tend to think in our frustration, “Why don’t they understand what I am thinking”!?