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IN THE 1960s, Paul Simon wrote a song entitled Fakin’ It. Here’s the second verse:
I’m such a dubious soul,
And a walk in the garden
Wears me down.
Tangled in the fallen vines,
Pickin’ up the punch lines,
I’ve just been fakin’ it,
Not really makin’ it.
This really speaks to the imposter syndrome which strikes a great many business leaders.
The truth is that we all feel weak and unsettled inside. We all feel like we’re fakin’ it.
DO YOU WANT PRODUCTIVITY?
Here’s the simple truth of the matter. You can’t beat people into being productive, at least not for long.
People put their passion and energy into what they care about, not what their boss cares about.
Sounds hopeless? Well, there’s a solution.
THIS WEEK I heard about The Dream Manager, a book by Matthew Kelly. It sounded so interesting that I’ve added it to my reading list.
The underlying concept seems to be that it’s extremely helpful and inspiring for a company to evoke its employees’ dreams and aspirations. Check out this extremely short video to get an idea. Some organizations have a designated “dream manager” whose job it is to bring that out and capture the benefits of an energized workforce.
But I wanted to take the idea in a new direction.