Tuesday, November 15, 2016

We, not I

Here’s one of my favorite leadership lessons from "the founder of modern management" Peter Drucker;

“The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I.’ And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I.’ They don’t think ‘I.’ They think ‘we’; they think ‘team.’ They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ gets the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.”

From an article at mashable.com

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Facebook post from my good friend Tom Webster today, Wednesday November 9th.  The day after the election:

"I am in Houston on Business today. Roy asked if he could shine my shoes. I said Roy these aren't the shining type. He said I can clean em up for you. I said okay. Roy was retired United States Army Veteran. He was shot in Vietnam, and Desert Storm. He was forced into retirement because they had to perform surgery on his back. He went to work driving a truck for United Van Lines until he retired. He now shines shoes so he doesn't sit alone at home. He outlived 3 wives, one from cancer, one from Helicopter crash(she was in the service) one from lupus. Roy didn't seem to care about last night. He did care to ask me my name. He did want to tell me his story. And he smiled a lot. Gave him my money and he gave me a hug and said God Bless. I am glad that happened today."