Maintenance: an undervalued leadership asset

It was Kurt Vonnegut, the American satirist and novelist, who once observed:

“Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.”

In a way Vonnegut could have been referring to the majority of leaders in the 21st Century who have become conditioned to the need to build, create and change whichever enterprise they lead.

And before you see this to be a criticism of such leaders, let me admit that the idea of maintenance held no prospect of personal satisfaction.

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