The West Wing television series was an epic television undertaking. It ran seven seasons and won numerous Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. It holds a high place in the television series hierarchy.
I have yet to make it through the entire West Wing series, but the chunk I have watched stirred me in unexpected ways. The people depicted on the show were immensely dedicated to their work and banded together to realize their shared dreams. They were driven and obsessed. I found their passion contagious. Going into work after watching episodes of West Wing, I was inspired to carry the same drive to the library. Don’t we want to all be part of something greater than us?
You don’t need to work in the White House to be part of something grand. Libraries play an absolutely integral role in the communities they serve. Most of us have strategic goals and mission statements to keep us on track. Find inspiration in them, use them to guide your work and let them inform your decisions.
Be presidential. As a leader, inspire those around you to achieve greatness for the library. Share your vision and hopes for institution and the work you’re doing together. Help others see the potential and encourage them to chase the same dreams.
We all have different talents, interests and skills to offer to one another in the workplace. There are sure to be bumps and hiccups along the way but don’t let them derail your efforts. Imagine how far we can go if we’re throwing our passions and energies in the same direction.
Play the opening song in your head as you walk into work — it’ll help set the tone for the day.