We were talking story on a phone call this morning. I loved the forthright honesty of the statement, I really did, for it gave us the chance to extend the conversation —to talk story a bit more. My immediate reaction was that I could not help but blurt out, “Gosh, I really wish you were; how can I help you be a bit more interested in it?”
I didn’t intend to convert them professionally, I fully understand and support other career and life choices, but I did want them to personally think about business in a more favorable light.
You see, even if you are not in business, and can’t imagine that you ever will be, I believe you still must recognize just how much the world of business affects you and the life you live, and live daily. (The life you lead is the subject and value study on MWAC this month). Business is a master influencer, and in our present-day society it is a pretty inescapable one.
The influences happen because people in business are ‘movers and shakers’ who ho‘o; they make things happen frequently and intentionally. They take initiative with generating change because to settle for the status quo —the way things are, is akin to accepting mediocrity. Mediocrity in turn, will most certainly trigger the workplace cancers of complacency, apathy, boredom, and eventually the commiseration which wallows in a blame-someone-else entitlement mentality within any organizational culture. Pure yuck. (And then there is the killer mediocrity will certainly be with any business’s competitive advantage in the markets of free enterprise.)
Me, I LOVE the art and science and impactful visionary leadership that is possible within the world of business, so I freely admit to you that I am not completely objective on arguing its relative importance. (My own SLC Strategic Initiatives, i.e. my hoped-for and ho‘o-style influencers, are here.)
Help me out on this, would you? Especially if you can empathize with my caller this morning. Let’s talk story and extend the conversation.
Where would (or perhaps the question is how would) someone uninterested in the world of business find, and willingly step through an entry point to discovering more? I am looking for those entry point options that would entice their eagerness and be fairly quick for them: What do you think? How can I help?