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Lessons from the Stars

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer - Monday, August 05, 2019
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One summer, we spent nine days of backpacking in the Pioneer Basin region of the Southern California High Sierras. The 12,000 foot Mono Pass assured us that we were well tucked behind granite peaks and away from the ambient light of the LA Basin.

I tried, without luck, to photograph the millions of stars, the twirling Milky Way Galaxy and the split seconds of shooting stars the zapped across the night.

Then the moon rose, starting as a sliver and ending up just short of full. With its emergence, the array of stars that so mesmerized me became indistinct and faded from view. It is the moon and its brilliance that seemed to occupy the night. In fact, throughout history, the moon gets far more popular attention than any other object in the sky.

Isn’t that so true in life: The brighter-than-all sales superstar, the blockbuster drug, the number one athlete, the great rainmaker, and on it goes. The light from these individuals and products truly overshadow the rest. Attention and praise are heaped on them.

In doing so, a leader can miss the incredible artistry of a lesser “star”. In some cases, these now over-shadowed people paved the way for the individual’s singular achievement. The researcher toiling at the bench might not find a blockbuster drug but his discoveries could add much to collective wisdom and future achievements.

Don’t let the ultra bright person or thing obscure the complexity, beauty, and potential of others. You can't create a resilient organization with only the moon.


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Since beginning her consulting and training practice in 1980, Eileen has become noted for her ability to speak the truth with clarity, wisdom, humor and compassion. Long-standing clients and repeat engagements attest to her commitment to make a difference in minds, hearts and spirits of organizations and individuals. She draws upon practical business know-how, life's experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Executive Excellence magazine selected her as one of the top 100 thought leaders in leadership and among the top ten consultant providers of leadership development.

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