Seth Godin’s post on becoming an indespensable employee sets up an interesting dichotomy.  On the one hand, as a leader I want to think about my organization or team from the standpoint of The E Myth and develop such a clear system that each job could be performed with excellence by an ordinary person.  That seems to be an important idea.  We’re working to better understand every process that makes our weekend event happen and all of the essential ingredients (people, vibe, signage, equipment, etc.) so that we can develop a system-based method of delivery that will work without extraordinary people.  That’s our primary focus right now.

At the same time, I can really identify with Seth’s post on becoming indespensable.  As Tom Peters wrote in his Fast Company article The Brand Called You, I’m thinking about what makes my own contribution indespensable?

That’s what I’m working on.

Question: as important as the system development process is, as important as it is to develop a process that can implemented with excellence by ordinary people, shouldn’t we be trying to help our team members develop such an awareness of their own unique capabilities, their own potential extraordinariness, that they become indespensable?  Shouldn’t that become the goal, for them as well?

What do you think?  Seriously.  Let’s talk about it.

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