Jokers are Wild

Jokers are Wild – By Arnie Wohlgemut

My favourite card game is called “Wizard”.  In the deck, there are two special cards in each suit.  The Jester is worthless with the Wizard having the highest value.  Either card can be played at any time, regardless of the suit.

In games, using a wildcard strategically can help you win. In life, being a wildcard – not so much.  Why?

Being a wildcard means you’re not predictable.  Nobody knows when and what you will do.  It might be entertaining for a while.  It’s hard to have great relationships when you are like that.

I wonder if it’s hard living like that!  Being authentic means that your head, mouth and feet are all going in the same direction.  I’ve heard it said another way: your head, heart and mouth are in sync.  Trust me, it’s not always easy to do, especially with all the pressures, stress and high expectations in work environments today.

Being authentic is being real.  A real person is someone people can identify with; being consistent; setting an example by putting your words into action; being predicable.

Knowing your boss and depending on their predictability builds trust.  If they say what they mean and mean what they say, they are in sync.

Are you in sync?