Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My son, whose on a continuous search for inspiration, sent me the following quote recently.

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." Antoine de Saint Exupery, author of The Little Prince.

This suggestion has caused me to reflect on my management style. I’ve read the books and attended the seminars but have not come across such a profound summation. I anticipate that a well-articulated vision would be more effective than dogma in many situations.

I’ve also considered that if the yearning “for the endless sea” doesn’t come about, I need to reflect not only on my direction but on the quality of how I’ve shared it. I can imagine the level of enthusiasm and support that this yearning would generate.

The possibilities might be “vast and endless”.

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