Jim Grout Compares Sweeping the Sheds and Leadership Development


Episode 12:  In this new episode, Jim Grout joins Phil Brown and masterfully compares the term Sweeping the Sheds with Leadership Development.  Basing their conversation on the book Legacy by James Kerr, there is much to explore and discuss on the Leadership Development front.  Each chapter is a page-turner, but one chapter, in particular, Sweep the Sheds, resonates with the team at High 5 Adventure.

Immediately, Jim and Phil discuss the themes that emerge in the chapter titled Sweep the Sheds.  The chapter’s subtitle Never Be Too Big to Do the Small Things that Need to Be Done drives the conversation forward.  At length, Phil and Jim discuss examples of working with professional sports teams, school administrators, workshop participants, and others.  From examples of working with the Boston Bruins hockey team to administrators from public schools, a concept of leadership by example emerges.  More precisely, the idea of never stop doing the small things, even when other’s aren’t watching helps to inform the conversation.  Time and time again, the pair find deeper meaning in the term Sweep the Sheds and how that relates to Leadership Development.  Additionally, High 5’s mantra of Connect – Empower – Lead… Be the Example helps to guide the dialogue along.

As the episode wraps up, Jim remarks “This work is so transferable to all groups.  It’s about being human.”  This combination of actions and attitudes toward one’s work is neatly summed up in this episode.   To read more on this topic, go to Jim’s Blog: Sweep the Sheds – A Powerful Concept for Team Building