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Doing Right When No One’s In Sight

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to enhance your integrity. Reading time: 2:39

       The Greek sculptor diligently carved the back of a statue’s head.

        No matter that virtually no one would ever see his handi-work. star fish 1Especially on 40-foot tall statue placed against a wall.

      “Who will know?”

       A bystander chided Phidias for working so hard on his Athena that would be positioned inside the Parthenon in Athens.

       “I will know,” Phidias stated sternly.

      Leaders always know. No matter who’s watching. Or not.

      Leaders have INTEGRITY, meaning they always remain whole. (Root word “Integer” =  a whole number.)

               Leaders remain whole no matter how many ad hoc situations or circumstances tempt them to cut corners. Leaders don’t cut corners. And leaders don’t get cornered. Or cut off.

              Cut one of the arms of a starfish and a new arm will grow Continue reading

Are you a liar or a leader?

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to maintain a relationship if not the truth. Reading time: 2:58.

          The customer is clearly wrong. Yet the savvy leader makes it right without losing his or her integrity and without losing a customer. Let’s take a lesson on walking this tightrope of customer service from Michelangelo, the sculptor turned psychologist or customer service maven.

A close-up of the face of David by Michelangelo

        Michelangelo’s customer—The Ruler of Florence Piero Soderini —thought the nose on David was too big. Michelangelo disagreed.   After all he had carved up plenty of corpses in studying for himself the anatomy of the human body. Michelangelo knew he was right.

          But Michelangelo also knew he had bills to pay. He needed this relationship with this customer to work. What could he do to save this account and his artistic integrity?

        He lied.

        Michelangelo scraped up some marble dust in his hand, then climbed up on the 17-foot tall scaffold and pretended to chisel the nose while letting the marble dust in his hand fall to the ground as the customer smiled his approval. Michelangelo climbed down and the customer beamed his delight.

       Was Michelangelo a leader or a liar?

       Consider a similar situation from the movie  It’s a Wonderful Life” when the dad –Jimmy Stewart–“fixes”  the petals  of  a flower she kept on her bed-stand.

      The dad surreptitiously stuffs the separated petals in his pocket and puts the flower back on the bed-stand letting his daughter, Zulu,  think he magically pasted the petals back on the flower.

      Was the dad a leader or a liar?

       The dad was a leader. So was Michelangelo. Continue reading