Contributed by Zoe Boath, Meeting Planner Assistant
In my time as the face behind Encore’s social media presence, I have come across many interesting articles, videos, and quotes that have been inspirational as a meeting planner. One video that captured my attention was a five-minute clip of a small herd of sheep. I was intrigued by the fact that instead of the sheep being herded by a sheepdog, they were being corralled in the pasture by something much smaller: a rabbit. According to the caption on the video, the rabbit had learned the craft by watching the sheepdog, and decided to try it out for herself. Watching the video, it was apparent that the rabbit really know what she was doing, and had the respect of the sheep to do what this creature a fraction of their size wanted them to do. And let’s be honest, unlike the sheepdog who would be able to nip at a sheep who tried to defy it, the rabbit had no such abilities yet was still a success at what it did.
As I watched this video, I became inspired. I can easily see the connections between each of the characters in the clip to any business or workforce. The sheep depict the every-day worker, as they are the largest group, who do the work that needs to get done in order for the business to grow. The rabbit is the boss, who has the ability to instruct and guide the sheep, or workers. Without the rabbit, the sheep would not know what to do on their own, and would not have the guidance they need to be successful. The sheepdog in the corner of the screen represents the partners of a company. They supervise the bosses, but have at one time been in the same position of the boss, or rabbit, so they know what it takes to lead and instruct those who need help. The farmer represents the executives in the company. They oversee the whole business and make the decisions that will lead the company in the best direction for growth. All four groups work together to create one company that has the same goal, mindset, and ability to grow.
I found this video really spoke to how a company needs to be formed and the people utilized. However, as someone who has spent the past six years of her life in different jobs that spanned from working in a bakery, to a clothing store, to a big corporate business, to a small incentive event company, I have seen it all. Unfortunately, not all of these companies had the structure and ability to lead that I could see in the video. I see now how some of the executives and partners would profit from a leadership meeting, where they would have the chance to learn tips and tools to successfully lead the workers so that everyone works to their best abilities. Additionally, allowing the workers to see that they are appreciated for their time and effort through an incentive trip or companywide event would make for happier employees and therefore a better working company.
The rabbit had the respect of the sheep, which allowed her to instruct them without needing the teeth that a sheepdog could use. She also had the trust of the sheepdog and farmer, which allowed her to act on her own while having in mind the same goal as her bosses. This relationship is instrumental to the growth of a company, but needs to be nurtured through constant conversation, appraisals, and incentives to all members of the company.Read More