The Midas Touch


Our staff recently watched a 4 part series by John Maxwell about ethics.  In it he captures the essence of the Golden Rule: Do to others as you would have it done to you.  In the last session he talks about the Midas touch.

One day, Dionyssus, the god of wine and revelry, passed through the kingdom of Midas. One of his companions, a satyr named Silenus, got delayed along the way. Silenus got tired and decided to take a nap in the famous rose gardens surrounding the palace of king Midas. There, he was found by the king, who recognized him instantly and invited him to spend a few days at his palace. After that, Midas took him to Dionyssus. The god of celebration, very grateful to Midas for his kindness, promised Midas to satisfy any wish of him. Midas though for a while and then he said: I hope that everything I touch becomes gold. Dionyssus warned the king to think well about his wish, but Midas was positive. Dionyssus could do nothing else and promised the king that from that following day everything he touched would turn into gold. Source:

While Midas found this to be a curse, in your organization creating an atmosphere where everyone benefits is vital to high retention rates.  How do we have the Midas touch?

1.  Do your job and then some.  Often we just do the bare minimum to get by and wonder why we do not have glowing reviews as evaluation time. Work more than others think may be necessary, just don’t sacrifice family to do so.

2.  Go the 2nd mile.  Roman law required a person to walk 1 mile to assist someone.  Going the 2nd mile means to volunteer the rest of the way.  Go further than you want in the treatment of others in your office or under your supervision.

3.  Think about others more than yourself.  We often seek out those who can help us, upgrade our position, or promote our product.  How often do we help those who can’t help us?  We assist just because it is the right thing to do.  We help even though there is no immediate return.

4.  Choose right when wrong is easier.  There are those moments when telling a lie is far easier than the truth.  The lie will seemingly get you out of trouble.  Often it is easier to avoid than to address, neglect than nurture, and regulate than relate.  Choose the right.

Having the Midas touch was a curse for the king but is critical for the atmosphere that surrounds you.  Make a connection.  Develop that assistant.  Discuss the issue.  Lead from a loving heart.

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