Recently, I was meeting with a potential new Partner. I had known him/her for a few years. S/he was a key executive at a very successful company for many years.
I’ve met SOME guys like that and they’ve built up a more than ample supply of ego, hubris, sort of an invincibility layer around them; as in “I made it, I’m probably smarter than most of you, and I’ll live my life from that mindset.”
The exec I was talking to had about as much reason to feel that way as anybody … but he was exactly the opposite. In fact, her emphatic expression was that she wanted to “sweep the floors” in this philanthropic / community work we do. Sweep the floors, to him, meant I want to get dirty, I want to see what the real world is about, good and ugly, I want to dive-in / be all-in … and if it takes it, pick up a broom and sweep the floors, literally.
I just loved it, soaked in every word of it … and thought to myself, THAT is the essence of a TRUE SVP Partner, that’s our ethos, the kind of human being that finds our tribe. We are about people that bring genuine openness, humility, a serious lack of self-importance to this work and to each other.
What a great emblematic expression of what a hard core SVP Partner is all about – I’ll Sweep The Floors.
We’ll buy 500+ brooms if that’s what it takes around here, but a lot of Partners show up with broom in hand already and many others eventually grow that mindset and philosophy … we’ve seen that kind of genuine, authentic transformation time and time again. It’s a beautiful, powerful, humbling thing to be a part of … Why We Do What We Do. If you haven’t already, get your broom out and sweep the floors! 🙂
P.S. yes, s/he joined!