Wednesday, January 07, 2009
ERIC MAISEL post.
Several assistants to the executive director of a nonprofit organization listened to the executive director’s plea. “We need to create a beautiful presentation,” she said, “that underscores the importance of the work we do and that makes use of all the latest multi-media technology. But we can’t afford to hire outside consultants. What can we do?” The assistants scratched their heads and, at a complete loss, fell silent. Just then a woman arrived, the youngest of the assistants, who had felt her current work too important to interrupt for yet another staff meeting. She apologized for arriving late and asked why the group looked so glum and perplexed. They explained the situation. The young woman thought for a moment, considered the tasks for which she was already responsible, and said, “I’d love to do it.” “But do you know how to use multi-media technology?" the executive director asked. “Heavens no!” the young woman exclaimed. “But I relish the challenge!” Everyone stared at her. “So, I’m off!” she cried. She hurried off; and the group, much calmer now, spent the next hour finding many pleasant things to chat about until lunchtime rolled around.
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