I just received a disturbing email from an acquaintance in one of the several organizations with which I’m negotiating for a contract. It seems one of the folks I’m working with should not be trusted in any circumstance. It made me think about some other places I’m working right now. It also causes me to reflect on all the places I’ve worked over the last 30 years, both as an employee and as a contractor.
What the hell is wrong with people. We seem to be reasonable, intelligent adults. Then you put us in an organization, an eclectic mix of humans, and we seem to go crazy.
We don’t go crazy … we go fearfully along the path. I’m also reminded of that fearsome lake in Beowulf – and I again think about that stag:
A stag with great horns, though driven through the forest
From faraway places, prefers to die
On those shores, refuses to save its life
In that water. It isn’t far, nor is it
A pleasant spot!
We seemingly prefer to live in fear than face the “fear itself” or even the “mother of the thing we fear” down in that lake.
While I want to be disturbed by that email – and okay I am a little – I am mostly reminded, and recommitted, to what it is I am here to do. I am here to encourage the leader, to build her/his confidence in who they really are. To help them find the courage to go down into that lake and slay the mother of the thing they fear.
What would it be like if all our leaders where able to do this?