there is a particular table in my apartment building right by the elevators. almost every day there is something new on it. cookies, hairspray, tupperware containers, canned foods, magazines, newspapers… all kinds of things free for the taking.
someone who didn’t know any better may guess it’s a magic table. leave it unattended long enough and items appear. our groups and teams in our organizations can feel like that at times. we don’t exactly know who is doing the work but we know it gets done.
our jobs as leaders—as much as it is to ensure those things happen—is to make sure the organization knows who was truly behind the magic.