Setting up for a large event, there was still some last minute preparation needed before the participants arrived. As I looked over the room, I noticed two staff members. They held the same rank and had the same years of experience. And both were excellent leaders. But at that moment, there existed a very different air about each one.
One was working diligently to ensure proper table alignment, to perform the final check of the sound system and to give final instructions to the greeters. The other staff, however, stood in the middle of the room, laughing and talking calmly with a VIP who had arrived early. Engrossed in pleasant conversation, this staff did not seem to notice the swirling activity around her. The event planner saw my observation of the two and jokingly remarked that they were a good example of Mary and Martha.
I thought about those…
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