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‘Twas The Night Before Enlightenment

December 14, 2018 | Communication, Employee Recognition, Leadership, Teamwork, Trust

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I wrote this a few of years ago, and I hope you enjoy reading it this holiday season!

”Twas the night before Christmas, all had left for the holiday break.

But I was at the office stirring, for rarely a break did I take.

How could I rest, with a business to run?

If I am not here, nothing gets done.

With profits at a record low, and turnover at an all-time high,

Unless I improved in 2019, my business and dream would surely die.

If only my employees were loyal and engaged in their responsibilities,

And showed behaviors like teamwork, instead of joining in hostilities.

For a moment, I was drawn to a mirror, and for the first time I did see,

That the problem wasn’t my employees, the problem started with me.

The first reason employees wouldn’t engage, and wouldn’t “get on the bus.”

Was I used words like I, my, mine, and me, Instead of we, our, ours, and us

How could anyone buy-in, when no ownership did they perceive,

In the vision or the mission, in which employees must also believe.

So as I looked at my reflection, and pondered what could be,

I made a pledge of change in 2018, and I would begin with me.

First, an all-staff meeting, scheduled right after the holiday

And I would say “I’m sorry,” for not being a leader and showing them the way,

To put others before ourselves, to own our own mistakes,

To connect purpose with our work, and have the right attitude for everyone’s sake.

We will change this organization for the best, notice the “we,” not I,

Because without your constant feedback, a plan for change will go awry.

We will develop standards of behavior, systems for feedback and recognition,

And leadership will be through trust, not through subordinates’ submission.

Our comfort zones will be challenged; this change won’t happen overnight.

Pain will be inevitable, but soon growth will be in sight.

Not growth in just profit, quality or production,

but as effective leaders, ever under construction.

So my outlook had changed, and my attitude had shifted.

A burden was taken from me; my spirits were uplifted.

As I sat there remembering, all of the resolutions of New Years’ past,

I made a pact not to break this new one for the potential was too vast.

Happy Holidays to All from Earnest Consulting Group!


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