I have watched the LEGO Movie no less than twenty times with my 8-year-old son, Andrew. I love it. And one of my favorite characters is President Business, portrayed by the voice of Will Ferrell, who is the head of Octan Corporation (and the world…) He is intent on standardizing everything around him and making sure that everyone is following the directions. In fact, he is determined to stamp out creativity all together. In a nutshell – he is built out of how “business” is viewed from the eyes of a child (and most adults, too, probably.) Hilarity ensues.
Despite what long meetings, rambling e-mails and parades of bullet points have conditioned us to think…business doesn’t have to be boring, standardized or annoying.
It really is a choice. Or actually, a series of little choices we are faced with making every day as leaders. Think about it:
- Guess I’ll run the same ‘ol Monday sales meeting today
- Time to mindlessly “fire off” those e-mail messages to the team
- Better reduce the font size to fit a few more bullets on my PowerPoint slides
- It’s been a day, I think I’ll schedule another conference call
- Let’s meet at Panera Bread where all the other reps are meeting
You get the idea.
This is something I have come to terms with over the last several years and is the reason that I started this blog. I’ve decided to own of the fact that I have control, through my daily activity, over how engaging or boring work is for the folks I have the opportunity to serve. That’s all me. I can be President Business or The Special (if you haven’t seen the movie, this little scene might give you the gist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_pemwLg_zc). We all have the choice.
I hope to use this site as a platform for sharing ideas with, and learning from, like-minded leaders – like YOU! Together, we can fight the leadership battle against boring and find ways to engage and inspire people to do great things.
Everything is awesome,