Just not who we thought they were…

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Just watched a TED talk with Lorna Davis about the difference between heroes and leaders…

When Davis took over the head position at Griffins Foods, an iconic New Zealand cookies and snacks company, she gave a speech that outlined her personal goals for the company and even ended with…

“If not this, WHAT? 

If not us, WHO? 

If not NOW, WHEN?”

F*ck I LOVE that… 

Lorna had employees jumping out of their seats fired up and ready to CHARGE!!! 

Sounds awesome… So what was the problem? 

No one knew where they were supposed to charge. 🤷‍♂️ 

Nobody had a clear vision of what they were expected to do in order to efficiently and effectively execute Lorna’s goals…

The other issue was that Lorna came across as such a “hero” that others within the company thought she had it all figured out.

Lorna was the new boss that was going to take them to the promised land… She was the hero that was going to put on her superwoman cape and regardless of whatever challenges would present themselves, Superwoman was there to save the day!!!

All great thoughts if we were living in fantasy land, but the reality of the situation was that although Lorna Davis knew exactly where she wanted to take the company, she needed help getting there.  Ultimately, the business failed and she was left with this simple life and career changing reflection… 

“The idea that one person has the answer is ludicrous… It’s not only ineffective, it’s dangerous… We don’t need heroes, we need radical interdependence.” 

We are all fascinated with the idea of “heroes,” but true heroes are not the omnipotent savages we portray them to be… 

True heroes are those who are secure enough with themselves to say that they DON’T have all the answers… 

True heroes are the ones who have an incredible ability to put people on their team in a position to succeed… 

True heroes recognize their strengths and put them into action, yet they also recognize their weaknesses and know how and when to delegate power… 

Bottom line… 

  1. WE NEED EACH OTHER
  2. Heroes do exist, they just aren’t necessarily who we thought they were.

-EB