Who do you value most on your teams? Your leaders and managers? I found this joke the other day and hope you find it of value in sharing with others. My guess is many would say their managers are most important, right? Their pay reflects it, doesn’t it?
You might be wrong. The punchline in this leadership joke is really good.
A large organization had recently hired several cannibals. After conducting a lengthy new hire orientation the human resource director congratulated the cannibals and said, “You are all part of the team now! You get all of the benefits we have discussed and you can enjoy our company cafe free of charge! But please don’t eat any of the other employees.” Each of the cannibals promised they wouldn’t.
After a few weeks the cannibal’s boss seemed very pleased, but also a little worried. She said, “You’re all working very hard, and I’m satisfied with you. However, one of our secretaries has disappeared. Do any of you know what happened to her?” The cannibals all shook their heads, “No.”
After the boss had left, the leader of the cannibals was a bit angry and said, “Okay, which one of you dummies ate the secretary?”
A hand rose hesitantly in admission. “You fool!” said the leader, “For weeks we’ve been eating managers and no one noticed anything, but nooo, you had to go and eat someone important!…”
Who do you consider the important people? Are you taking the time to recognize and reward them? Many people have an important hand in our success and play a bigger role than we normally acknowledge.
Take the time to tell them. Tell them specifically how what they do makes a difference in your success.
Take the time to show them. Show them by giving them something that shows you care.
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