Why every leader should develop a foot fetish
Why Feet Matter - People vote with them
I just stuck my head out from my office/studio to see the parking lot jammed with cars. There wasn't one spot left open. Calvary, the location of my office/studio, hosts a mid-week play date called "Playhouse Calvary." Its specifically for families throughout the Bay Area. I think we hosted over 400 or more parents and kids in the few short hours PlayHouse was open. Looking at all those cars reminded me of an important reality: People vote with their feet (and their cars).
It seems today everything is getting smaller. Seth Godin writes a great blog about this. From the music business, to the Church, to sports arenas, our idea of big is shifting. Our world continues to adopt necessary business models which scale smaller and focus on the individual. Maybe you've heard about shallow but wide sales, the long tail, etc. These new models are informed from the iEthos of our day. I wonder however if small dismisses some of us from the best kind of leadership: a servant leadership focused on producing the kinds of things which touch a lot of people (not just some). I wonder if this new paradigm releases artists, producers, pastors, and other creative leaders from the responsibility to birth inspired material and products.
Even with the shifting emphasis on Small is the New Big, there's still the reality of the feet. People still vote with them. People (and their feet) are still a wonderful metric on how well our creativity and leadership are being received.
In servant leadership people matter. People share what matters to them with their feet. That is why every leader ought to develop a healthy foot fetish.