I was listening to a podcast featuring Tim Elmore, an expert on child rearing. He was speaking about thermostats and thermometers.
Thermometers take the temperature; they can give an indication of whether it’s too hot, too cold or just right.
Thermostats decide the temperature; if you’re a thermometer, you’re an observer. You can describe the conditions. You can adjust to the conditions. You can give into the conditions.
If you’re a thermostat, you set the pace. You decide how much heat there is. You determine cool. Your setting of the conditions defines the environment.
So, the admonition is to be a thermostat.
Happen to the world!
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.