"I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food.” ~ Bruce
First of all. No matter what I’ve been told about sharks, there is no way I would ever get in the water with one. Common knowledge says that they are fast, have sharp teeth, and they can EAT YOU (despite the small percentage of shark attacks, with my luck I would be in the small percentile). Some may say the same thing about their managers, or their supervisors, or about the big fish running the show. And the sad truth is that there are boat loads of employees that would never swim in the same waters as their upper management. Why you may ask? Because of fear and lack of trust.
Being high up in your company is a huge accomplishment! You are the shark! Just remember that you are a leader to those treading underneath you. Don’t be the stereotypical “mean, mindless eating machine,” strive to change this image by changing yourself! Remember that you want your employees to be on your team and trust in you! You WANT them to be swimming in the same waters as you, not fear them. The ability to collaborate and create with your team will make your company stronger if they trust and respect you. Just as Bruce, the CEO of the ocean says,“Fish are friends, not food!”