Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Don't Quit

I've had the opportunity to work with a number of interesting people during my career.

Some of them are memorable.

Steve was one of those people.

He was thrust into a leadership role and asked to salvage a company that was teetering on the brink of collapse. He'd never managed more that 5 people during his career and now he was faced with leading close to a thousand people at different locations.

He had hired me as his HR Director.

When things got to be challenging and it didn't look like we were going to pull through Steve would gather his team in a conference room and read to us.

"When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow - You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out - The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit - It's when things seem worst that you must not quit."

He'd look up from the podium, smile and say Okay, lets get back to work. 

No great speeches or insights, butt busting or rallying cry. 

He left it there, hanging in the air. 

He left it there and so will I