Last weekend my wife and I enjoyed the classic, “White Christmas” with friends at a local theater. The musical was written well after the movie version, which starred Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. As you know, the plot has its twist and turns as a Christmas performance is planned to help save and old Army General’s Inn.
Crosby and Kaye enlist the help of their old army division to attend the show and lend financial and moral support to their leader and friend, General Waverly. What struck me, besides the beauty of the song “White Christmas”, was another song that was sung by the entire ensemble of men summoned to help their General…”We’ll Follow The Old Man.”
Imagine a group of soldiers gathered around, singing about their leader, who they entrust their lives to “follow the old man wherever he wants to go…we’ll stay with the old man wherever he wants to stay…because we LOVE HIM…we love him…”
Sometimes in leadership we concentrate too much on the bottom line and forget that the business we’re ALL in is a PEOPLE business. This holiday season take some time to pay attention to the people you serve, to the people who rely on you, the decisions you make, and the direction you’re taking them… and imagine…what would they sing about you????
Be good to yourself…