Here’s the secret — always, keep People over Process.
Think about it. Process is created for efficiency. People are created for growth. As soon as an individual grows, the process no longer fits the occasion. The rules must change to reflect the new person.
POP — How many definitions come to mind? A father figure is a POP. There’s snap, crackle, and POP. Maybe it’s the sound at the beginning of a race. Or, it might be the crack of a whip. Sweet to the taste is a soda. Pick your favorite — so, as to always remember — People over Process.
How do we build relationships with People? Let’s use just a little bit of Process to break down the word and discover the steps up to the stage of becoming a bonafide PEOPLE star.
Present ~ Be present. When given the opportunity of another person, be with them.
Enlighten ~ Think light. Be bright, lead the way, and exude warmth.
Open ~ Be vulnerable. Put a little skin in the game and get prepared to be bruised.
Powerful ~ Offer the best in sacrifice of time and resources for the benefit of others.
Listen ~ Stories are the channels to deeply connect and experience the flow of a soul.
Enjoy ~ The talk and walk are less important than the music and dance. Feel it!
Now, the final question, “Do we need a stage on which to perform?”
Yes, and No.
No, in the sense, that we hone our gift in the garages and basements of life. We work diligently with a select few, out of sight, and out of mind — until, our talent is ready for presentation, to the whole wide world.
Yes, in the sense, that we must be visible, to offer our best, to the most. We climb high to project our songs to many. Guaranteed — by choice, or fate — each of us will, eventually, tip off of that stage.
And — when we do, we will know whether we have kept People over Process.
There will be the POP of a body hitting the ground — or, the POP of fingers keeping time to the chorus of voices from adoring fans, as we are carried in loving arms, to a place of safety.