By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to help you to differentiate and leverage the abilities in your staff.
Browsing in a music store, the young trumpet player couldn’t wait to wrap his fingers around the shiny brass trumpet he saw in the window case. “Could I see that trumpet, ” said the boy to the music store owner.
“Well, sure, but that’s not a trumpet,” the store owner said.
“Looks like trumpet but very, very different.”
The young musician looked more confused than ever before. Then the music store owner clarified: “Think of the inside of your trumpet as if were shaped like a small pipe. Well, the inside of this cornet is shaped like an ice cream cone.”
The difference inside makes all the difference to the outside world in how it sounds if not the way it looks. The tone of the cornet is much more mellow. The trumpet is more penetrating. And the music that much more enjoyable, much more satisfying, much more revitalizing.
Leveraging that difference is the key to success for an orchestra conductor in particular and for a leader in general. You may have two employees on your staff who on the surface look the same. Similar work histories, education, experience and performance levels in your organization. Yet inside they may be designed very different. The most effective leaders I’ve known mine that difference and turn their organizations into a more orchestrated performance that brings out the music in all their people. They differentiate the familiar and distinguish the similar. They add value without adding resources.
What do you do to add value without adding resources? How do you make sure that what you see is NOT what you always get. How do you differentiate your people so each of them as individuals is playing just the right instrument at just the right time to add value to your organization. I look forward to your comments. Please use the Comments section below.
Differentiate the familiar to keep your leadership thinking in mint condition.
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