Last year, I did an entire video series focusing entirely on effective and powerful employee motivators; strategy #19 was to delegate responsibility, authority AND accountability. I was reminded of this important leadership tenet a few evenings ago in the most unexpected spot … following dinner at a Chinese restaurant!
Leadership wisdom from a fortune cookie
I admit it … I love cracking open a fortune cookie! It’s the excitement of the unknown … what great wisdom is about to be imparted in the palm of my hand? And the other night, after a delicious bowl of noodles and spicy green beans, the opportunity arose once again! I held the ends of the crisp cookie between each hand, and pulled it apart with great anticipation. The sage insight that fell out on to the table:
No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
Okay, so it wasn’t exactly Plato-worthy! But nevertheless, it still caught my attention … because it actually contains a great leadership message. Continue reading