March 12, 2018
I had the opportunity to catch Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber in Hello Dolly on Broadway while in New York, and it was fabulous! Bernadette is “made for the part” (although I see the perfect fit for Bette Midler as well). Imagine how a musical that debuted in 1964 with FOUR Broadway revivals and international success remains wildly popular…..
Hello Dolly certainly turned the mundane into the magnificent! A strong-willed matchmaker and widower (Dolly) travels to Yonkers to find a wife for an ordinary yet half-a-millionaire local merchant (Mr. Vandergelder), and adventures ensue. Actually, all the previously ordinary people surrounding the miserly Mr. Vandergelder get swept up into Dolly’s adventures. Great fun!
One tip to implement this week:
Are you turning the mundane into the magnificent? Why lead a humdrum existence on a daily basis? Instead, search for opportunities to turn your everyday interactions into exciting and profitable opportunities! Profitable doesn’t have to mean financial returns; consider your engagement and interest in what you do on a daily basis – don’t you think where you spend 8 hours a day (or more!) should be interesting?!? Why not consider your customer as well – if you can deliver extra value and create a happy customer, isn’t that a profitable experience for you?
Executives and owners, search for ways to empower and engage your employees. That alone will dramatically improve their interest in performing daily job functions. Do you put thought into this? What could be more important for retention in an age of a significant skills gap shortage?
NO MATTER your position, DON’T let go of your responsibility for turning the mundane into magnificent. It is yours alone. Look for ways to bring new ideas to the table. Be creative. Ask your colleagues to participate in finding ways to make the work more interesting – and impactful. Pick just one item and move it forward. No matter how far it moves forward, you are closer to magnificent. Dolly never gave up. Instead, she came up with a new idea – or scheme.