A rolling stone gathers no moss. – Publilius Syrus, 1st century writer of Latin maxims
In the organization I lead, we’ve been going through a time of assessment and transition. My days have been filled with charts and graphs of income and expenditures. In my research, I’ve discovered the health of the organization is not as robust as people in the organization believe. So it became my job to shake things up and (as Peter Drucker says) define reality.
We have all seen the snow globe that looks calm and serene when the snow is settled at the bottom. No disturbances and a clear view. But that’s not what snow globes are designed for. The beauty comes in the shaking. Flecks of snow descend, hit beams of light and beauty emerges.
That’s part of what it means to be a leader. Leaders shake things up to see what beauty appears.
After my report to the leaders about our organization, I expected some disagreement and push back. I got some minor comments. But the leaders among the group responded by saying, “that was exactly what we needed to hear. Keep shaking and stirring us.”
There are a couple different interpretations of the rolling stone proverb listed above. The one I like best says that people are always moving and looking for freshness and creativity.
There is a restless streak in leaders. We are always on the move in our own growth and in our leadership of the people we lead. To allow moss to grow is to become stagnant.
For best results this week, shake a few things, stir a few others and watch what happens.