Leadership with heart, mind, and soul

#029: Remove It

Added on by Sam Davidson.

My daughter and I were cutting snowflakes the other day (yes; it's springtime) and I realized that the more paper I cut away, the more intricate and beautiful and mesmerizing the pattern became.

The more I took away, the more value I added.

A leader's job is to add value at every level. But sometimes that value is added when something is removed. 

Michelangelo is said to have commented on how he carved his David, "I just remove everything from the marble that doesn't look like David."

What isn't essential in your company? What isn't pivotal in your program? What can your new product launch do without? 

Our human nature is to seek more and more - to add. The leader's responsibility is not to focus on more, but to focus on better.

The leader certainly giveth. And the leader taketh away.

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