Monday 23 July 2007

Analog attitude

by Ronnie Apteker

In this day and age of instant gratification and warp-speed communications it is easy to confuse efficiency with effectiveness. We often use e-mail to communicate something, and while this is certainly efficient, it is not always effective. Some things need a phone-call or
a face-to-face meeting. You can't, for example, lead people via email. Yes, you can send out instructions, set up a meeting, share company plans, but you can't build trust via email, and you can't inspire people with some keystrokes.

The purpose of a leader is to create more leaders, not followers. Leadership requires listening. It requires sensitivity. It requires compassion. The best leaders lead by example. They are the first in the office each day and the last too leave. They know how to roll up their sleeves and they also know how to communicate. Great leaders don't take themselves too seriously. They know how to laugh, and when.

Here is some text that I read often. I thought it would be a good idea to post it here to our Vlog. I can't remember who sent me this text or where it comes from. I do know that it is meant to be shared. It is an important piece of text indeed!

The boss drives his men;
The leader inspires them;
The boss depends on authority;
The leader depends on good will;
The boss says "I";
The leader says "We";
The boss shows who is wrong;
The leader shows what is wrong;
The boss knows how it is done;
The leader knows how to do it;
The boss demands respect;
The leader commands respect.