There is a beautiful and discombobulating quote from the famous composer Leonard Bernstein, which goes like this:
“I am no longer sure of the question, but I am certain of the answer: YES!”
This really speaks to me.
One of my biggest motivations at work is to engender a “YES!” from my audience. I spent too many years at work thinking it was about getting through the day, keeping everything on an even keel.
It was much later when I realised individual workers could create breakthrough actions, initiatives and outcomes.
If we want to lead, and if you want that leadership to be about more and making a bigger difference, then you need colleagues to say “Yes!”
– to change, to the emergent, to the disorganized next. Aim high, go big. Get to Yes!
This Much We Know.