First, with so many of our friends and colleagues celebrating holidays this past weekend, I hope that they and their families all had wonderful and meaningful celebrations. In keeping with that spirit, I thought another run at leadership might be appropriate seeing as how much that subject is intertwined with the notion of the day.
Help me here. Is there a difference between our business and our people? “No way”, might be your first reaction and knee jerk response. It was mine. That is the trouble with companies today – they pay less attention to the people and more attention to the business. Don’t they get that they are one and the same? That without the people there is no business?
Then I thought about again. What if there is a difference? A real difference? And what if we could leverage that difference, make it a competitive advantage for all of our key stakeholders, ourselves, our corporation, the financial community, and of course last but certainly not least, for our clients?
We all play different roles in life. Sometimes we might feel that the roles are pre-determined – especially in relationship situations where we can either be children, parents, significant others, friends, lovers, whatever – or any combination of the aforementioned…
I’m sure you know what I mean. Societal pressure, stereotypes, or inertia often force or coerce us – or make us believe we are forced or coerced – to behave in particular ways. I have spoken to many friends who feel trapped by their inability to choose better, healthier behaviour patterns. For example, a successful married person – 50+ or so with children – can find themselves falling into a debilitating trap of playing the needy child with their own parents. The library is full of such books!