Episode #3: We Need More Sheepdogs
Our special guest on this podcast is Ken Gans, Sr. Manager, IT Strategic Planning at Hitachi High Technologies America. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ken-gans-7340a55/) Our conversation with Ken helps to highlight the importance of emotional labor.
Ken is a two time Ironman having competed successfully in his second competition. An Ironman Triathlon is a series of long-distance races, without a break, consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bicycle ride and finally a marathon 26.22 mile run.
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We need to be training more sheepdogs to protect the sheep and battle the wolves. Sheep dogs have a sense of personal responsibility to protect the herd by leading the sheep to safety and away from the wolves that want to feed off of them.
The sheep dogs actions and results inspire the sheep to begin moving in the direction of the change initiative. There are always wolves in every organizations. These “wolves” have the most difficulty embracing change. Wolves are cunning hunters that seek to feed off of the sheep in their environment by creating increasing amounts of drama, chaos, conflict and disengagement. Sheep dogs protect the sheep and force the wolves to look elsewhere for their food.
The sheep which represents the status quo, will only move when a well-trained group of