“Can we talk?” Before I get going, let me start out by saying that I was NOT a fan of Joan Rivers. I didn’t care much for her style of comedy, and after seeing her performance on Celebrity Apprentice a while back, I didn’t have a very high opinion of her personally, either. That said, when news of her passing started to inundate my Facebook feed, I saw a TON of quotes attributed to Joan that I didn’t realize came from her. Skeptical as I am, I dug in to see if they really WERE her thoughts, and I found a few real gems. The more I read, the more I began to think that maybe Joan had worked at a Chamber of Commerce at some point in her early life.
Here are my top 4 lessons about Organization Management that I think we can take from Joan Rivers quotes:
- “I have no methods; all I do is accept people as they are.” We create methods and habits by applying conditions to groups of people or items. We MUST remember that members are individuals. Treat them as such, avoid “methods” and you’ll have a more engaged membership.
- “I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.” Be a thought leader! Don’t be afraid to say what’s on your mind. In fact, the reason we remember LEADERS is because they LEAD…not because they have the best ideas or are the best speakers. Just speak and let others follow.
- “I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.” Laugh at yourself! We do a very serious job, but we have to be able to step outside of it now and then and remember to enjoy it. It can be very easy to forget the fun and joy if we focus exclusively on the weight of the position.
- “I was smart enough to go through any door that opened.” Take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves. It’s so easy to stay in our comfort zones, yet so rewarding to step outside of them. Know when it’s time to get up and stretch those legs!
I’ll leave you with this one…no lesson and no big “wrap up”… just one last thought that made me appreciate Joan more today than I did yesterday:
“I enjoy life when things are happening. I don’t care if it’s good things or bad things. That means you’re alive.”