The great General Colin Powell has said time and again to leaders...
"Never keep your ego so close to your position that if your position goes... your ego goes with it."
Leave prize winners waiting at a show, with no clue how to get to a "meet-and-greet" they won from you... and you've kept your ego close to your position.
Not wanting to interact with winners because you think there aren't enough at a venue for a show... and you've kept your ego close to your position.
When artists and promoters and others are talking about the massive failure which happened because a promotion, built around you and your show or station, ends with pissed off fans who miss a "meet-and-greet" with a beloved artist or with members of team... and you've kept the ego too close to the position.
And when a position goes... for these type of folk... the ego goes with it.
I don't care if you work at Taco Bell... or Z-100. Your fans... your listeners... your customers... are THE NUMBER ONE REASON YOU DO WHAT YOU DO.
Forget about what event you hosted. That doesn't matter. It was over yesterday and forgotten about today. It doesn't matter if you emceed a party for the Bilderberg group or played a few CD's at a pool party for your neighbors... chances are good NONE OF THIS means ANYTHING to station fans.
What have you done for me lately?
That's what our fans want to know. And when you leave 'em high and dry while they see photos of you with so-and-so backstage at whatever-show-you-may-be-at... and well, you can understand why they're pissed off. Especially if they won that same "backstage experience" you're all Instagram-happy about... although you left them out front left out.
FOMO from fans? No. How 'bout PISSED OFF... for all the right reasons.
We are who we are because of the people who allow us to be who we are... and who give us the jobs we love while we do what we do. But when we allow ourselves to believe we're "all that..." is when life shows up to serve us a plate of Humble Pie.
And I don't know about you... but I don't dig that sort of pie.
Stay humble. Stay foolish. And stay hungry...
From Washington, DC...