The “Penalty of Leadership” – MacManus ad for Cadillac

Excuse the gender bias in this, but it is a good read

The most famous MacManus ad was for Cadillac. It first appeared in The Saturday Evening Post of January 2, 1915. The car was not pictured; only a small rendering of the Cadillac “coat of arms” still in use today appeared at the top of the page.

Headlined “The Penalty of Leadership,” it struck so responsive a chord with the public that Cadillac still receives requests for reprints. (The ad’s focus on men reflected the times.)

Here’s an abridged version:

The Penalty of Leadership

In every field of human endeavor, he that is first must perpetually live in the white light of publicity.

Whether the leadership be vested in a man or in a manufactured product, emulation and envy are ever at work.

In art, in literature, in music, in industry, the reward and the punishment are always the same.

The reward is widespread recognition; the punishment, fierce denial and detraction.

When a man’s work becomes the standard for the whole world, it also becomes the target for the shafts of the envious few.

Whatsoever you unite, or paint, or play, or sing, or build, no one will strive to surpass or to slander you unless your work be stamped with the seal of genius.

The leader is assailed because he is a leader, and the effort to equal him is merely added proof of that leadership.

Failing to equal or to excel, the follower seeks to depreciate and to destroybut only confirms once more the superiority of that which he strives to supplant

There is nothing new in this.

It is as old as the world and as old as human passionsenvy, fear; greed, ambition, and the desire to surpass.

And it avails nothing.

If the leader truly leads, he remainsthe leader.

Just lead, let the naysayers and critics chase you – if they chase you – they are chasing the leader…

 

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These are words from “The Talmud”

These are words from “The Talmud”

“In a harbor, two ships sailed, one setting forth on a voyage, the other coming home to port. Everyone cheered the ship going out, but the ship sailing in was hardly noticed. To this, a wise man said, “Do not rejoice over a ship setting out to sea, for you cannot know what terrible storms it may encounter, rejoice rather over the ship that has safely reached port and brings its passengers home in peace,”

And this is the way of the world. When a child is born, all rejoice; when someone dies, all weep. We should do the opposite. For no one can tell what trials await a newborn child; but when a mortal dies in peace, we should rejoice, for he has completed a long journey, and there is no greater boon than to leave this world with the imperishable crown of a good name.

 

Thanks to the employees of the City of St. Albert

To the Employees working for the City of St. Albert

October 16, 2017

I will still be around lots in the next couple weeks and as we see each other, I would like to touch base with as many of you as possible and offer my face to face heartfelt thanks. Let’s stop and chat.

I wish to thank each of the employees of the City for your service to the public and also for your support of me personally over the past 13 years. Heck, perhaps some of you may have even voted for me during the past 4 elections. Those who have come to know me, know that I attempt to serve with the eye to the betterment of St. Albert day in and day out; and I have come to know that you do equally do so.

I have said on so many occasions that the City has demonstrated a reputation of outstanding hiring, and for that, the community should be pleased and proud. The work ethic, technical knowledge, depth of professionalism and community contribution is and has been outstanding by the City employees for decades. This community is a product of many great groups, residents, volunteers, businesses and outstanding City staff who, for decades have worked to build a better tomorrow.

My 13 years on Council has deepened my faith and trust in City staff and I have no issue whatsoever with the departments, the Unions, the Management, the non-union staff etc. I say “keep up the great work”.

As Mayor, part of my job was to defend staff when I needed to and represent the community to the City Manager when I needed to. It is also part of my role to work with Council so that individually or collectively, staff members are treated with respect. I get pushed to the limit on this once in a while as we know!!

I know I have had a personal brand as a Mayor demanding excellence and demanding of the best possible results all the time. And you deliver! For that I say thank you.

As I close out this chapter, thank you again and I look forward to seeing you in the community in the years ahead; all of us deepening the Botanical Arts City brand.

And …….. no, I do not know what I am doing next!!

All the best and thanks

Nolan Crouse

 

Thanks to the employees of the City of St. Albert

To the Employees working for the City of St. Albert

October 26, 2017

I will still be around lots in the next couple weeks and as we see each other, I would like to touch base with as many of you as possible and offer my face to face heartfelt thanks. Let’s stop and chat.

I wish to thank each of the employees of the City for your service to the public and also for your support of me personally over the past 13 years. Heck, perhaps some of you may have even voted for me during the past 4 elections. Those who have come to know me, know that I attempt to serve with the eye to the betterment of St. Albert day in and day out; and I have come to know that you do equally do so.

I have said on so many occasions that the City has demonstrated a reputation of outstanding hiring, and for that, the community should be pleased and proud. The work ethic, technical knowledge, depth of professionalism and community contribution is and has been outstanding by the City employees for decades. This community is a product of many great groups, residents, volunteers, businesses and outstanding City staff who, for decades have worked to build a better tomorrow.

My 13 years on Council has deepened my faith and trust in City staff and I have no issue whatsoever with the departments, the Unions, the Management, the non-union staff etc. I say “keep up the great work”.

As Mayor, part of my job was to defend staff when I needed to and represent the community to the City Manager when I needed to. It is also part of my role to work with Council so that individually or collectively, staff members are treated with respect. I get pushed to the limit on this once in a while as we know!!

I know I have had a personal brand as a Mayor demanding excellence and demanding of the best possible results all the time. And you deliver! For that I say thank you.

As I close out this chapter, thank you again and I look forward to seeing you in the community in the years ahead; all of us deepening the Botanical Arts City brand.

And …….. no, I do not know what I am doing next!!

All the best and thanks

Nolan Crouse

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