To be unveiled on the Vernal Equinox
The Harvard Business Review has an article in the latest issue: How to teach pride in “Dirty Work.” This is not a joke!
Here is the essence of the article. Employees in stigmatized occupations can be helped with an array of techniques to cope with or even feel proud of their jobs,
including developing an occupational ideology to confer a more positive image on the work;
creating social buffers such as professional associations;
and avoiding specifics in conversation with outsiders.
Trust someone in Harvard to come up with this gem of false pride.
This has left Dr. Z wondering how many sewer workers sit down to craft an occupational ideology. For example, “you know Joe if we are dwelling within the existential zeitgeist approach to sewers we are the new proletariat of the masses.”
Creating social buffers would involve more detour signs around a work-site and the professional association would meet at Moe’s bar after work for beer and lively repartee. Of course when someone outside the city sewer department walks past the workers at the bar they would stop the sewer flow of conversation and pretend to be an Amway group.
Of course remember that pride cometh before the fall…now, back to the sewer and further discussion of Friedrich Nietzsche’s, Thus Spoke Zarathustra role in creating self-actualized workers.
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What is your legacy as a leader?
Even if you are just starting out as an assistance manager at the local convenience store it is time to think beyond yourself, beyond the current time, to your ultimate legacy. Do you want to be remembered as the leader who put the slur in slurpee or the ho in hoagie or do you want to be remembered as the leader who courageously and religiously never let one of those scary hotdogs be skewered in the rotating oven for more than 21 days?
A lot of people are confused with legacy. Read this: “legacy” is not a pejorative. Do not use it as such. Please consult your dictionary. A legacy is something that is left to another in a will; a bequest of personal property. The word is derived from the Latin “legare”, meaning “to leave by way of a will”. That’s it. By itself, it has neither positive nor negative connotations.
Some people confuse legacy with Emeril Lagasse which is also wrong. But his legacy of food and the word, BAM may live on.
So if your are not Emeril how do you cook up your leadership legacy. Here are the 5 key questions to create your personal big BAM:
Dr. Z. reminds you: Get a leg up on leadership by ensuring your leadership has a legacy to stand on!
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Dr. Z’s Leadership Institute is proud to have Mr. Eddie Cut join the faculty to teach you: Don’t Miss Manners or Miss Steak when the Stakes are High trust Mr. Eddie Cut. A bit of clever and cagey branding by Eddie to weave his own name in there. We can all learn something from this guru of greetings.
Here are 8 of Eddie’s Business Manner Maxims:
Enroll now to achieve perfect etiquette with Mr. Eddie Cut.
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