“Seek out the good in people” On Joy, H. Jackson Brown jr.
Someone had to write a book to remind us. Everything we do is tied to people, everything we touch is tied to people. Everything you use, build from, build for, design, draw, implement, and write is tied to people. If there were no one to read there would be little reason to write.
This past week at the old store I used to work, I heard a story that they are changing the sign again. A friend said “Don’t worry nothing to see here, move along.” He was saying this as if he were the person in charge of course. He was frustrated. Leadership today is done behind closed doors and through email, behind the veil of technology. It is a technology first approach.
Every day I practice looking for the good in people. I know people matter. I know that trust is key and further that a trust deficit will cause catastrophic failure. If you are a developer using scrum, it is fundamentally about trusting your team. If you are a manager, you are only a manager because you have a team. All of the leadership books tell you that there is a difference between a leader and a manager. Why does this point have to come out over and over? Because in practice there is a failure to lead today. Technology is king and people come second to it. We are becoming slaves to the machine.
Just remember this simple thing no matter what you are working on.
Put it on a tee-shirt, put it on stationary, always remember and never forget.