Be a good manager of a good team – what can Shakespeare tell us?
400 years ago Shakespeare wrote some words which ring just as true today as a manager/leader as it did then?
In The Merchant of Venice: Portia one of his characters says
“If to do were as easy as to know – what were good to do, chapels had been churches and poor men’s cottages princes’ palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions. I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching.
Thanks to the No Fear Shakespeare website in modern terms we should read this as:
You think it’s that easy?
If doing good deeds were as easy as knowing how to do them, then everyone would be better off.
Small chapels would be big churches, and poor men’s cottages would be princes’ palaces.
It takes a good priest to practice what he preaches check here.
For me, it’s easier to lecture twenty people on how to be good than to be the one person out of twenty who actually does good things.
The lesson is simple…
If you want to be held up as a good manager of a good team…
Don’t make excuses….
Get out there and coach your team!
Give this a try and let me know your thoughts and remember …
There is always MoreThan1Answer !