Jellyfish – By Arnie Wohlgemut

Jellyfish are interesting creatures. They’re nearly invisible as they float through ocean waters. They don’t look the least bit threatening. But if part of your body touches them, well, let’s just say it’s not very pleasant! I understand it’s a self-protection response against predators. Yet if you hold them in your hand, they don’t sting.

I’ve met a few jellyfish in my life.

Jellyfish coworkers are those that float around and appear to be harmless. But if trouble gets too close, watch out! They leave their mark. Hold them “in your hand” and things calm down. All they really want is respect and to be left to do their job.

In management, I found one of my challenges was to figure out how to get the “jellyfish” to participate – to work along with others yet give them the space to float along at their own speed and be successful.

We all have jellyfish in our lives. Heck, we may have been jellyfish ourselves. I found the minute I started to encourage, mentor and empower my jellyfish, I was rewarded with the pleasure of success.