One of my favorite holiday movies is Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This year I decided to read the original unabridged version (on the Kindle app for my Droid.) As I was working my way through the language of 1843 England, I came upon the section that describes Ebenezer Scrooge's first boss, Mr. Fezziwig. It struck me that Fezziwig is the epitome of what the modern leader should be. Listen as Scrooge describes Fezziwigg to the Ghost of Christmas Past:
"He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil. Say that his power lies in words and looks: in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count 'em up: what then? The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune."
It seems to me not a whole lot has changed over the last 150 years. Treat your people well. Treat each other well. It's just that simple.
What do you think?
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