The television program called Dirty Jobs has presented many unique, dirty jobs. When asked about unique jobs, this show came to mind. One position I have had experience, which fits into the unique job category is the Keesler AFB Airmen Band. The band was a small, primarily brass (Trunpets, bugles, trombones, baritones, tubas, and a drum section). The purpose of the band was simply to raise morale and entertain troops stationed at Keesler AFB. I had the opportunity to participate in the band while learning my primary duties as an Air Traffic Controller.
The interesting thing about the band is that it was developed as a support to the troops who were facing much more dangerous duties. One might say entertainment is an unnecessary expense taken directly from government funding; however, the band did more than play music. It created hope, encouragement, and inspired the troops. Simply by using the skills as a musician, our beloved troops found peace in an otherwise volatile time in American History. The band members are true heroes.
We can learn from this as professionals in HR. A saying suggests we should march to the beat of a different drum, be unique. Conversely, if we can all find a common beat to march to, the music we make as leaders could make all the difference to those we lead.