When we think of shepherds, we think of:
- Picturesque, Beautiful, Peaceful, lush, green rolling hills
- A calm flock of sheep dotting the landscape
- A quiet person with a “Shepherd’s Crook”
- The occasional lamb straying
- The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
In many ways, I see the work of most people as being that of the shepherd, and it got me thinking . . . so I googled “Being a Shepherd” in search of a “definition” and stumbled upon this blog post with Biblical reference:
“It was about feeding the lambs and the sheep, bringing them to good pasture lands and water, grooming and clipping them, delivering new lambs, leading them and teaching them to stay together, going off after the wandering lost ones, and protecting the sheep in the field and in the fold.”
How much of what is written in the quote describes your work?
In your professional life as a Leader and as you work with your customers and clients?
In your personal life as a Spouse, Parent, Friend, Samaritan?
It’s as much about caring “enough” as it is about protecting them from danger.
We do these things through teaching . . . not enabling.
These “dangers” I mention come in many forms.
How do we protect our peeps from themselves as they learn through experience . . . wandering into dangerous areas away from the herd . . . ?
How do we handle the wolves?
How do we identify the wolves in sheep’s clothing (and then handle them)?
My suspicion is that you do ALL of these things well otherwise you wouldn’t be as successful as you are.
Now for the BIG QUESTION:
Do they (your peeps) know what you do for them?
Do they know how hard you work?
Do they know how fierce you can be as you protect them (and their best interests) from the wolves?
As you work your magic and pull off miraculous feats on their behalf, stop being so humble.
Brag on yourself once in a while.
They’ll appreciate you all the more.
I promise . . .
(This is “teflon” for you in the event any of your clients hint that they don’t think you’re doing enough . . . How will they know what you’re doing if you tell them?)
Just a little fodder to chew on 🙂