Wofür Lebst Du? – By Arnie Wohlgemut
There it was, a bill posted on a lamp post in downtown Berlin.
Not what I expected.
It caught my eye and I stopped to notice where I was and it hit me like a ton of bricks.
All day while touring this sign haunted me. Why you ask? Loosely translated, this sign means “For whom do you live?”
I suppose many of us could answer that we live to serve a higher power such as God, or our children, ourselves and most likely our wife (if you’re married, you’ll know what I mean).
All joking aside, this sign grabbed me because other than my God, I would like to think I live for others as well as myself.
As a director, I quickly learned that my management staff served themselves. They had little interest for the greater good of our team. I had to quickly come up with a way to make them understand that WE as a TEAM are not at the TOP of the triangle, but rather at the BOTTOM!
Imagine the look on the faces of my staff who worked hard, kissed the proverbial butt, stole ideas so that they could shine, climbed on the shoulders of whomever so that THEY could reach the TOP!
The bottom you say? What does that mean?
Well, imagine a Triangle or pyramid, upside down and you, with your team being at the bottom. Supporting your staff, holding them up, teaching them, watching them grow and thrive. Wouldn’t it be amazing to see where that leads and what strong individuals we can mentor simply just by being confident enough to “be at the bottom”?
Wofür Lebst Du?