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Name That Tune – The Dancing CEO

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”  – Friedrich Nietzsche

People who strike out alone to design or create a way of work for themselves must be crazy. Seriously, at some point during the day we (I’m one of them) see the world through fuschia-colored glasses. That’s the only way to keep going. These people see colors and signs that aren’t visible to the rational human eye. The music they hear must be intoxicating. They are, using Nietzsche’s quote, crazy dancers.

American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland a far cry from the normally staid world of ballet. “Everything is odd about what I do,” she says." (New York Post)

American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland a far cry from the normally staid world of ballet. “Everything is odd about what I do,” she says.” (New York Post)

Crazy dancers ignore markers that normal folk see. Depending on the importance of that tell tale business fact or sign, it could be a devastating choice. Or, it could liberating and exhilarating as it frees the lone dreamer turn a deaf ear to the sirens and continue moving in a direction towards their ultimate goal. That’s something like Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field. Or how Tyler Perry continued to produce plays and drama when there was no real audience to speak of. He heard laughter somewhere.

At that point, creatives and CEOs must be sure to have sane folk nearby. The sane folk add that critical backbeat. Speaking recently with other business owners, they shared lessons learned along the way. Most said that they would slow down for a second, remove the glasses and listen to a mentor, expert or employee about the best course to take over the next phase of the enterprise. They would listen.

Don’t stop dancing! Simply add discipline.

If the CEOs and creatives turn the music volume down long enough to hear others clearly it could add to the longevity and ultimate success of a business. A mentor may offer a life lesson that he/she learned earlier. An expert may disclose an alternative to an ineffective solution that is costing the enterprise. Lastly, an employee could provide a ground floor view of what’s really happening in the business or effort. It may not be a simple task to shut off the sound and add the structure to the process, but it will certainly make a difference.

Bottom line, keep the music playing. Without a personal passion there’s little reason for continued sacrifice. Many won’t understand. Even those closest to you will question your mental capacity at times. But if you keep the three backup/ support figures close by – the mentor, expert and employee – you can dance however you choose.

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This entry was posted on 06/07/2013 by in Cup of Coffee, DOOR #3 and tagged , , , .
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