Some more than others and not all the time – sure.
But we are surrounded by amazing, interesting, complex and caring people. Do we choose to know them? Do we choose to be inspired by their greatness instead of being threatened, jealous, or envious?
This is a challenge for me sometimes. OK, often. But when I embrace the amazing nature, styles, and skills of others, I lift myself up too. It really does feel great.
I wonder why it is not the automatic response. Socialization, schooling, and my competitive soul certainly play a part.
OK, here goes. Suspend judgment for a minute. Yanni was on PBS last night (the concert from his recent live album). The collection of greatness was amazing. Yanni brings together the best musicians from around the world and gives them equal time to shine. The concert was eclectic, exotic, provocative, and showcased many great talents. During the pledge break, Yanni talked to the PBS representative and shared that he composes the music BASED on the particular talents of each musician. He selects the players first, then writes and arranges the music. And it shows.
In business, this is what a start ups often feels like. The initial team comes together and then they collectively decide to take on the world.
There are two lessons from this that I think could be helpful to managers.
1. When you love (yes love, but get your mind out of the gutter) and respect great talent, it shows. When your team feels your sincere admiration for their unique greatness, they want to play their hearts out for and with you.
2. What would be different if we designed the work based on each players unique gifts and talents? Instead of the other way around? If someone were to design work based on your unique strengths and talents, what would your workday look like? This topic relates to the Marcus Buckingham – Now, Discover Your Strengths – work. But I like this twist – the amazing power of seeing, appreciating, and inviting in other’s greatness and then designing the work environment to fully utilize their unique strengths.
When I see this, remind myself of this, and knock myself upside the head if petty insecurities take center stage, I am a much more effective and impactful leader. And it feels much better.