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Being Responsible Sometimes Means Pissing People Off

Ironically by procrastinating on the difficult choices, by trying not to get anyone mad, and by treating everyone equally “nicely” regardless of their contributions, you’ll simply ensure that the only people you’ll wind up angering are the most creative and productive people in the organization.

colin-powellI love opining.  I love listening to myself talk.  But sometimes someone says something so perfect, so acute in its observations, that all you can do is quote.  We had an interesting couple of weeks at TheatreIsForSuckers, and in the midst of it all, a friend gave us an unattributed quotation.  Its sentiment was exactly what we needed to hear.  I figured out eventually who said it, and all I really want to do today is quote it directly.  I think it’s a brave thing to say, and something that doesn’t get said nearly enough…

“Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.  Good leadership involves responsibility to the welfare of the group, which means that some people will get angry at your actions and decisions. It’s inevitable if you’re honorable.  Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity: You’ll avoid the the tough decisions, you’ll avoid confronting the people who need to be confronted, and you’ll avoid offering differential rewards based on differential performance because some people might get upset.  Ironically by procrastinating on the difficult choices, by trying not to get anyone mad, and by treating everyone equally “nicely” regardless of their contributions, you’ll simply ensure that the only people you’ll wind up angering are the most creative and productive people in the organization.”
-Colin Powell


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Jordan Dibe

Written by Jordan Dibe

Artistic Director of Mnemonic Theatre Productions

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  • Dan Dumsha says:

    Thanks for sourcing this gents! Good to know!
    Love the site.
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