Leadership Lessons from China: Asleep on the Job

While visiting the old city of Lijiang, China, I ran into a man and his horse.  The man had a business providing rides to children.  Unfortunately, the man was asleep on the job.

While my kids didn’t have a chance to ride the horse, they did take away a good laugh.  If you look back at the picture, you will notice the horse is also asleep.

For leaders, the horse serves as a good reminder.  Namely, your team members are much more likely to do what you do than they are to do what you say.

If you want to be a great leader, the most important thing you can do is to model the right behavior.

Is there a place where you are asleep on the job?  If so, be sure your team members are beginning to nod off too.




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Joe Platillero

10 years ago

Great stuff Randy! Thanks for the insight:-) Hope you get a chance to see Joshua soon! He is at Providence High School with Todd! You are a beauty! Joe


10 years ago

Thanks Joe!

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