Are You Growing or Swelling?

“Every man who takes office in Washington either grows or swells, and when I give a man an office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is growing or swelling.” – Woodrow T. Wilson

A friend shared this quote with me this week, and I love it! Are you growing or swelling?

Signs of Growth

  • Developing relationships
  • Making decisions that are best for the company/team
  • Resolving conflict
  • Creating change
  • Communicating
  • Growing businesses (economic growth or stimulation in the event it’s Washington)
  • Positive atmosphere
  • Feeling of teamwork

Signs of Swelling

  • Using the words “I,” “me,” and “my” more than “we”
  • Politics and maneuvering
  • Making decisions that are best for the individual
  • Little or no communication (or the perception of power in not sharing/hoarding information)
  • Appearing unavailable or unapproachable
  • Not spending time with the little people
  • Spending money foolishly
  • Using the title or position as leverage for support

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