“There is a difference between being damaged and being broken. Being damaged means a flaw remains underlying that does not allow for normal functionality, whereas being broken means the designed function has ceased. With time, effort, and care, one who is broken can be fully restored. That which is damaged will attempt to hide the flaws and not accept restoration. Only the truly broken will be restored!”
Kintsugi. Some define this as the art of precious scars. It is the Japanese art of taking something that has been broken and restoring it to beauty by using gold or occasionally silver lacquer to bind the broken pieces together again. Often times, the restored piece is more beautiful, precious, and sought after than the original vessel before it was broken.
As leaders, we will often find that we are placed in charge of individuals would are similar to these broken vessels. They were once ambitious, full of drive, and even molded for greatness; however, somewhere along their journey their hopes and plans were dropped or even crushed by others, by circumstances, or by time. You may now find that they are merely a shell of their former selves and lack the motivation, they once had, to be the star employee.
If you are wise and have a keen eye, you may be able to see the true potential still locked away in the broken pieces of these individuals. With a little time, effort, and care on your part, you may be able to restore them to their former potential or even discover that hidden inner value just waiting to be pieced together. Invest in your people and they become something greater than the sum of their parts!