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Singing That Song

“The question, ‘Who ought to be boss?’ is like as, ‘Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?’ Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.” — Henry Ford

It’s definitely good to be able to sing tenor, to know the words to the song. The question is, “What song does the tenor sing?” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said the song is, “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you will help them to become what they are capable of being.” Confucius’ arrangement of that tune was, “If you lead the people with correctness, who will dare not to be correct?” Even John Steinbeck had a version of that song for would be tenors, “It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.”

How do you sing tenor? How does that song go? The special gift of the tenor is in knowing what people ought to be and how to lead correctly. If you qualify as “boss,” knowing what people aught to be and what it means to lead correctly are second nature for you. If they aren’t, if you don’t have a clue, singing tenor is definitely not in your future. Unfortunately, a lot of people are “boss,” who couldn’t sing tenor on their best day and quite a few of them can’t even carry a tune. The most pertinent issue here is, “Are you a real tenor or just trying to pass yourself off as something you aren’t? If you are the real deal, you consistently treat people as if they were what they ought to be, lead them with correctness, and then expect greatness.

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