Is a Good Man Hard to Find?

There is a quote from Herman Koelliker which says,“One man working with you is worth a dozen men working for you.” 

Yesterday I was reminded of just how true this is. I stopped by the office of one of the guys who reports to me in our organization. He asked me how I was doing and said a couple of encouraging things to me. Said I had been on his mind a lot the past couple of weeks.

It’s funny, but I never think of this guy as working ‘for’ me. I have always thought of him as working ‘with’ me. We are like minded in our desire to see the mission of our organization accomplished, and we have many common interests. Every time I am around him I am challenged to be a better man. I have no doubt that he is cheering for me as much as I am for him.

Do you view the people around you as working ‘with’ you or ‘for’ you? The answer to this question will ultimately determine your success as a leader. You are only as good as the people with whom you surround yourself.

Pick someone today who works with you and thank them for their contribution to your leadership and your team.

A good man might appear hard to find, but chances are he is right down the hall.

 

i2i,

Randy

 

What do you look for in a great employee?

 

repost from 9.9.10

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Brian Bridges

8 years ago

Very well said, so many times they treat people as they are lower than them

randygravitt

8 years ago

Thanks Brian!

Todd Hendrix

8 years ago

Working “with” someone is a great way to show respect and appreciation toward that person and easier to show humility. The team approach is much more effective than a dominate/subordinate relationship for long-term success.

randygravitt

8 years ago

So true Todd. Thanks!

Mike

8 years ago

Leadership without team is a disaster. If a leader does not see their staff as “working with” then there is no team. When the culture of team is devoid, far too many opportunities missed. Interestingly, I passed a great financial opportunity once because the owner of the business suggested that the “working with” culture was not what he was looking for. I am so glad I found that out in advance!

randygravitt

8 years ago

Great comment Mike! Thanks.

Jake

8 years ago

I am working with my unle right now and I just wanted to say how spot on this is… He always makes me a better individual… Thanks to all the people who work “with” me to help make me better and thanks for the reminder.
Jake M

randygravitt

8 years ago

You bet Jake. Thanks for the comment!

Kevin

8 years ago

Rules without relationship leads to rebellion….enough said!

randygravitt

8 years ago

So true! Thanks KB

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