Today there was yet another round of wintery weather in Birmingham. While at home, waiting on a computer program to start working, I tried out the new Pablo app from Buffer.
It's free, and in less than a minute, I created the image posted above.
A few notes on the quote. I'm so fortunate to have an incredible leader for a dad (that would be Hugh Shaw). He was a good boss too, which I know from the countless employees of his who told me so over the years. I say this not just because I was the boss' daughter. Dad was a successful mortgage banker, but even better -- is still a great guy who inspires people to be their best selves.
As an adult, my father's friends remind me how lucky I am to have such a patient, smart father as an example. I also have a brilliant mother, whose leadership will be the subject of another post.
I don't know if I'm always as patient (probably not). Working on the wisdom too. But I try to keep in mind what they taught me about supporting people to be their best selves.
I do know that I believe in my father's philosophy. Constructive criticism is needed. Do it with respect. No matter volatile a business, no matter what your part is in the P&L: remember to be kind. Say thank you. Lift people up with praise, and help them work hard to become their best. Remember that they are humans, not machines -- people with families, and back aches, and insecurities, and dreams. Just like you.
This doesn't mean you don't say difficult things. You do, and you do it with tact.
As a leader, your job is to help people find the best parts of themselves, to stretch and to grow.