May 5 is Oyster Day.
The history of Oyster Day is unknown, but the history of human’s relationship with oysters is very long, since Roman times there is evidence of people in the United Kingdom and France farming oysters. In the 19th century New York harbour was the largest producer of oysters in the world and provided nutritious food for thousands of people. (https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/oyster-day/)
Oysters are an acquired taste. People on the east coast go straight from the bottle or breast to oyster liquor. Folks who are land locked may get their oyster on visa vie the smoked variety. Some choose not to imbibe in the glorious fresh, briny taste that is a freshly harvested oyster perfectly chilled on champagne ice with a side of cilantro infused hot sauce. Of course, others may describe oysters in a different way, but this is how I see it. Therein lay the leadership lesson.
Groups with common perceptions (avoiding groupthink), make the difference between good teams and … well … a group of folks trying to get something done. We don’t always have the luxury of building our own teams. Sometimes, we have to achieve corporate goals and objectives with the collection of folks that are in place. Leadership is one of the most difficult characteristics to identify in a person, however it is the most important characteristic that a person can have. As leaders, we cannot wait for the right team to come alone, we should lead where we stand.
We don’t know whether our oysters will have pearls or simply be a succulent bit of tastiness. That is part of the fun of leadership, building something from the unknown secrets which lay beneath the surface of an organization.
Connie Hanner is a PhD student in non-profit organizational leadership and a veteran of both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Visit her website at http://www.conniehanner.com. Find her on Face Book, Linked In and follow her on Twitter.