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"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it."
Upton Sinclair

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Leadership Notes -- Thoughts on Leading People and Making a Difference in Organizations

Word count this issue: 226

Estimated reading time:  1:15 minutes

 

Greetings from a rainy, Sunshine Coast. A pacific storm has hit and the temperature has dropped to almost fireplace levels! I hope the weather is nicer where you are. 

 

I had the honour yesterday of being a small part of the State Funeral for Grace McCarthy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_McCarthy a long serving politician and one time Deputy Premier here in British Columbia. One of the speakers was Rabbi Yosef Wosk http://thebigidea.ecuad.ca/portfolio-item/yosef-wosk/ himself, quite a celebrity in this part of the world. Rabbi Wosk said a number of things that stuck with me, but one stands out for leaders. 

 

Eulogies, literally “good thinking” from the Greek, about our dead friends and loved ones are lovely, but should we not be giving them while the person is alive? 

 

We know that expressed gratitude and telling each other what the others’ presence has meant, even in small ways, solidify our social connections, strengthen our bonds and enhance trust. 

 

Why wait for a funeral, a retirement, a going away party, or an exit interview? Tell your team members what they are doing well and how much it means to you. You’ll be amazed at the results.