See the good…

namasteThe beauty of management is that you get to ride the highs and ride the lows of humanity each day – – and sometimes within the hour. I had recently experienced one of those deep disappointing lows. And, I needed to remind myself this morning about why I love what I do. 

I was speaking to a group of interns a short time ago and they asked me what makes a great leader.  Not an unusual question coming from aspiring young professionals looking for the secret sauce – the 10 quick steps to the top.

I shared the usual profile characteristics: Engage. Truth (speak it).  Serve.  Inspire. Learn.  Recognize.  Humble (be).  Admit mistakes. Lead. WORK.

Yet, I told them it is so much bigger than this.

As Anake Goodall states in signing off on his blog comments to me, Namaste. NAMASTE. I believe the secret sauce lies right here.

I believe that a manager is responsible for feeding families…and feeding and nourishing souls.  It is a privilege.  An honor.  Something that should be cherished.  And not toyed with in a climb to the top.

It’s a matter of treating your team with the utmost of reverence and respect. 

It is then my obligation to Be Good.  Do Good. See Good. Tease out the good.  Make them Good.

And be prepared for some deep lows on your journey.  The upside is that the next high is just around the corner. 



  1. Would that all managers felt this way…Wonderfully put…


  2. David, your post moved me. Not much more to add other than to thank you.


  3. lkanigan says:

    Dave, your experience in leadership shows. Leadership is not always about the big things but more about the little things…common sense.


  4. You are a very inspiring leader.



  5. David, This is excellent! I hope those interns listened well. Your experience in leadership really does show. I have always believed, “Treat your people well and they will excel!” Thank you for sharing.


  6. For some reason, my computer settings won’t let me “like” your post, so I writing that I “LIKE” your post. Thank you very much.


  7. Perfect!


  8. Yes those are definately the ground rules. Once a person masters them, consistently, they will find they are well on the way to manage effectively. Good post David!


  9. This is SO good. Wish everyone would read it and take it to heart. What a better world it would be.


  10. You clearly practice what you preach, David! I’d be honored to have you as my boss…. 🙂


  11. Great post. Namaste.


  12. You did really good on this post.


  13. David, whenever I have functioned as a manager, I have found that BEING GOOD was essential to TEASING OUT THE GOOD in my workers!


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