the new leadership
Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.
- Thomas A. Edison
I grew up in a family-owned and operated business and the standing rule was - you do not socialize with the employees. You may you can care about them, you may even save their life, but there is a line between employee and employer. Now, growing up it was clear to me why that rule existed, but I'm starting to believe that rule is now outmoded.
In the modern workplace, where art is regularly created, relationships matter. First, what is art and how is it a workplace speciality? I subscribe hook, line and sinker to Seth Godin's view: "Art isn't only a painting. Art is anything that's creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator." (from Lynchpin) And here's the thing, one cannot accomplish this type of art in the modern workplace without a connection to the team, to the greater whole.
The question then becomes, how does one balance the line between management and the modern workplace, between management and art? Is management in the traditional sense even needed? Or is the desire to become an artist, each in his or her own right, enough to propel the workplace, its art and the social connections tied to it, forward?
I'm learning more and more that connection matters. And in order to make great art (a desire I believe many possess) one must nurture the connections, social or otherwise, we have. As Edison noted, there are no rules when progress is the point.