We Need the Freddie Mercurys of the World

After watching the new movie, Bohemian Rhapsody, I’m reminded that we need people like Freddie Mercury from the band, Queen, in the world. We need people who take something and stretch it out to the farthest corners of the envelope. It’s how we end up with a unique and memorable song, how we end with a Martin Luther King, Jr., a Steve Jobs, and an Oprah Winfrey.

In your work can you take on some aspect and immerse yourself into it so fully that you stretch it over to the boundaries? How about as a leader or as a manager or as a topic area expert?

If you have a Freddie Mercury type of person working for you, be careful not to fall into the trap of wanting to pull the person back toward the status quo. Otherwise you might end up with a status quo organization. Clarify the boundaries, but let people push up next to those boundaries in different ways.


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