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Leadership Lesson: Do You Own Your Wake?

I love using this video clip as a leadership metaphor. Rodney Dangerfield's character is a typical visionary leader. He gets excited about something, and rushes full speed ahead, pushing the captain (the guy who actually knows what he is doing on the boat/organization) out of the way to steer.

When a boat is cruising through the harbor, it produces a huge wake that gets everyone to get out of his way.  Long after the boat has past, the wake still remains, tossing and turning boats, docks, swimmers, etc.

As a leader, our actions, stories, reactions, style, etc. also produce a wake.  One of the topics at Catersource 2019 I will talk about is “Own Your Wake” or owning how your actions, or employees’ actions, continue to toss and turn the company and other employees around well after they have gone.  Think about your own wake in all of your actions AND your non-actions.

To learn more about owning your wake, join me at my Catersource 2019 session, Best Strategy – Best Year, on February 25th

Greg Karl

Owner/Strategist | Red Quill Hospitality Solutions

Greg Karl is the owner and strategist of Red Quill Hospitality Solutions and an industry veteran. At RQS, we help Hospitality owners, leaders and leadership teams find their deeper core, take them to places they didn’t know possible and better enjoy the process along the way. Red Quill Solutions is dedicated to helping companies create inspired vision and strategy that leads to lasting, positive change.