He is the trusted partner in the enterprise.
He must gather the intel that will allow for the successful execution of the plan.
He is consulted in the selection, purchase and use of the right equipment.
He must develop; then refine the information that is inserted into the tactics used to dispatch the obstacles that lie before them.
He must diplomatically guide his enterprise to attain the goals that are set each year.
He must make sure that schedules are kept and milestones are achieved.
Every piece of equipment must be properly maintained, repaired or replaced. Each piece has a purpose and must work to plan every time that the plan is executed. Or you could simply be the “water boy” or “towel boy”. It doesn’t matter!
He must never violate the confidence and trust that has been put upon him.
He must work hard, but be transparent when the situation calls for it.
He must make certain that everyone gets to Point A; then Point B and so on.
And if he is asked for his honest opinion, he will give it, even if it isn’t what wants to be heard.
As a part of the team, he may have to do his share of “heavy lifting”.
He does it, knowing that his role is most important, but is the least recognized; at least to those outside of the team.
He lives for the moments when his advice is asked, is taken and the outcome is successful.
A “high five” is all he needs to continue on.
He feels the same pain when there is failure. The low is at the exact same, emotional level, but at the opposite end of the spectrum.
He watches from the side and out of the way.
He stands in awe as the crowd recognizes an extraordinary effort.
He must balance his consolation and adulation, so as not to confuse it with accepting failure and apply tough love on a case-by-case basis.
And though he runs in a circle populated by gifted people, he doesn’t think that of himself.
Yeah; as I watched the John Deere Golf Classic at Deere Run over the weekend, I thought a lot about the caddies and how similar they are to fire district trustees!
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