Leadership can stink and people accept it

PH Glatfelter Paper Mill


If you’re riding in a vehicle several miles east of town, with the windows down, and the person next to you is visiting for the first time in their life, they will ask the obvious question, “What’s that smell?”

To which the lifetime resident will respond with, “What smell?”

What begins for us as ‘finding our groove’ eventually becomes the daily rut of life and leadership.

PS. Converting a forest of trees to reams of paper is a smelly process.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    I travel to a similar place for work from time to time, and two paper mills on either side of the town keep a constant stench in the town. Even clothes that never leave my suitcase have that smell when I get home. But when I ask the locals about the smell, their answer (especially since one of largest employers in the town is the paper mill) is the same: “Smells like money to me!” They have gotten used to it, for good or bad.


  2. Bob, if we think about it, it would seem they have three choices”
    1. Leave.
    2. Stay and live miserably.
    3. Stay and live happily.
    No resident is going to move the paper mills away.
    This was a great reminder about life. Thank you for that.
    Be well.

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