Monday, February 15, 2016

On avoiding sheepdom

"If you put fences around people, you get sheep. Give people the room they need."
William L. McKnight
Never mind that the word "sheepdom" probably doesn't exist. I sometimes invent words. It's an occupational-hazard thing.

The late Mr. McKnight is credited with turning 3M into the landscape-influencing multinational that it is today. He died in 1978, but his words ring as true today as they ever have. Great leaders create the conditions within which their people can meet and exceed their potential. Lousy leaders don't.

It should be as simple as this. For reasons that I fail to understand, it isn't.

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