Be the Mayor
It’s an overcast morning in Bellaire Michigan. Got here about 7am to get some work done thinking I’d be one of the only folks in the coffee shop.
I was pleasantly surprised. When traversing the available tables at which to locate my final destination, I noticed one table with a “Reserved for Barry” sign proudly displayed.
“Reserved for Barry”? You’re joking, right?
About 7:30am, a middle-aged gentleman wearing a warm smile and a twinkle in his eye, sat down at his table. We shared a brief “hello”, and we both got to work.
Within 20 minutes, Barry was in session. This wasn’t your typical planned business gathering, but intimate and heartfelt conversations with every other person who entered the coffee shop. Conversations about “slacking in your retirement” to “building out a new room for a friend’s house” to “wrapping up an investment deal in Florida.” One of the more moving conversations was a gentleman who came up to the table to say “Barry, thanks so much for throwing that party for us after Jenny died. Everyone had a great time and more than anything, we got to honor an amazing woman. Thanks so much.”
But it really wasn’t the content of the conversations that intrigued me; it was the context. Barry had the most amazing way of connecting people who moments before were complete strangers. Every single person who came up that table (yes, they simply walked right up) were introduced to one another by Barry. Who knows where these new relationships will go, but one thing’s for sure… their paths would have never crossed had it not been for Barry.
After a few hours of witness, I’m still not sure what Barry does for a living, but I’m convinced he’s a gift to us all.
Barry, thanks for the lessons in connection, relationship, and leadership this morning.