there was a manager named Scrooge. Ebenezer Scrooge. Poor Scrooge was a cranky old guy. I suspect the light in his heart had gone out many years ago.
Scrooge was a selfish man. He was unhappy and I suspect he had no love… even for himself. He had one employee – Bob Cratchit. He treated Bob with disrespect, criticizing him frequently and occasionally attempting to “motivate” Bob by threatening to fire him. Scrooge never attempted to form a relationship with Bob. Had he done so, Scrooge would have been aware that Bob was both a fine person and an excellent employee. He would also have known of the challenges Bob faced with his little son Tiny Tim. Developmental opportunities at work?? None! Why, Bob hadn’t received a raise in years. He’d not even received a word of thanks!
Yes, Ebenezer Scrooge had one focus – the bottom line. He certainly would not have qualified as a heart-based leader! Things had gotten SO bad that one special Christmas Eve, Scrooge was surprised by a ghostly visit from his old, long deceased partner, Jacob Marley. “Dude!” Marley moaned, “What are you doing? This is no way to run a business!” Unfortunately, Scrooge was set in his ways and attributed his unusual visit to indigestion. “Suit yourself,” Marley warned, “Maybe three ghostly visitors can change your heart!” Before Scrooge could reach for the TUMS, Marley was gone.
When the clock struck midnight, the first ghost arrived. She was the Ghost of Christmas Past. She took Scrooge on a tour of his past, opening his eyes to the things that had made him the way he was… both the good and the bad. Think back to your past. How has it impacted who you’ve become? Who taught you to lead? Are you happy with the person – and the leader – you have become?
Home by 1:00am, Scrooge was ready for the second ghost. The Ghost of Christmas Present talked to Scrooge about the milk of human kindness. He showed Scrooge the truth about his life and business in the present. Today might be a good day for you to think about the present. What are you doing well? What should you improve?
By 2:00am, Scrooge was dreading the Ghost of Christmas Future. This ghost showed Scrooge what the future would look like if he didn’t change his Grinch-like ways (oops… sorry – that’s a different story). Just as Scrooge began to despair, the ghost helped him realize that it was not too late for him to change, and the future could be different! How does your future look? Is there anything you would like to consider changing?
You know the rest of the story. By the next morning, Ebenezer Scrooge was a changed man. As the story implies – he lived happily ever after. In his own words, he said “I don’t know what to do! I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man.”
If you receive this newsletter, there is a good chance you are not like Scrooge, but who among us has not worked for someone we think might have benefited from a visit by three ghosts on Christmas Eve?
Thank you all for sharing this year with me. I wish you a wonderful holiday season – Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, and blessings of any and every holiday that warms your heart in this season! I will see you in the New Year and wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous, joy filled 2017!