I was thinking…

“Den schlecten Mann muss man verachten / Der nie bedacht was er vollbringt” — “We must spurn him as a worthless man who never applies his brains to what he is working at.” – Schiller

It occurred to me this morning that virtually every one of “my” best decisions at work came not from me exclusively, but from the thoughtful considerations of those with whom I am privileged to collaborate. In fact, one of my favorite things to hear when speaking with my colleagues at work is the opening phrase: “I was thinking…”

I’ve observed over time that such talk threatens an insecure manager, but thrills a strong one. Weak people are terrified of people who think for themselves; strong people are inspired by them.

 

4 thoughts on “I was thinking…

  1. Steve V

    Your posts gives us the opportunity to think for ourselves on that which is worthy of consideration. Adding our thoughts serves to increase true worth into the world. I treasure your blog as a way to do so.

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  2. Coco

    I find it interesting that independence is so treasured when it seems that interdependence always appears to yield the most successful result. When we experience for ourselves the understanding, that “no man is an island”, then the end of of John Donne famous poem, “…And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.” describes the depth of our connectedness with our fellows.

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