A sense of freedom. Just as great manufacturers preach economy of motion, great leaders need to fight the urge to act for action’s sake. Make sure your employees share the vision, understand their mission and know that they are free to act.
— Adapted from Freedom, Inc., Brian M. Carney and Isaac Getz, Crown Business.
A new edge. The blessing of boats, work carts and other “instruments of labor” is embedded in Catholic Church tradition. Hence, it should come as no surprise that a French Catholic priest has begun blessing smartphones—a practice otherwise known as using all your tools.
— Adapted from “French priest offers smartphone blessings,” Sophie Inge, The Local.
A counselor. As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen says, “My job is simply to give advice, to be a counselor to our nation’s leaders. I tell them where I think those troops and that equipment should go and how I think it should be used. I make suggestions. I prod and I poke. I advocate.”
— Adapted from “Joint Venture,” Jeff Chu, Fast Company.