Managers at every level of the organization, from frontline supervisors and team leads to CEOs and senior executives, need to be careful about how they wield their authority. A manager who, by their action or inaction, lowers the ability of their people to engage in important issues and challenging situations in an open, balanced, non-defensive way, is by definition managing ineffectively.
Our brain. One of my mentors likes to say an unmanaged mind is like a two-year old running around with a knife. Bad things might NOT happen, but the risk is high that they will! Our human brain is pre-wired with one over-arching goal: Survive.If you are breathing right now and not starving, part of your brain is perfectly content. It likes that status quo and it does not want to change that status. This is the primitive force within our minds that conspires to keep us stuck. Unfortunately, it is spectacularly effective at accomplishing this. In fact, it’s so good, we don’t even realize it’s happening!
Let’s face it, effective decision making is an important skill leaders need to develop. In the society we live in, we are busy! As humans moved from an agricultural economy to an industrial economy, people knew what they were going to do because every day was pretty much the same.
I interviewed a lot of people during my career, and whether it was for a promotion or to hire someone new into the organization, I always asked them if they were a team player.There’s only one right answer to that, so of course every single one of them assured me that they were, in fact, a fantastic team player. I think the words have become so familiar that we may not think much about what they mean anymore, so this week I wanted to touch on what that phrase means to me.
Whether you’re the CEO or a cubicle dweller, chances are you’ve had a workplace conflict. While some good-natured debate can be a good thing, sometimes these conflicts get overheated fast.
We are motivated to acquire, achieve, and are always left wanting more. UNTIL you realize the real game that we are all playing—if we prioritize impact.
When Curtis said, “Underneath our biggest problems lie our biggest opportunities,” it struck me as one of the greatest truths I’d heard.
Leadership is a tremendous responsibility. It gets messy, and it’s extremely hard work. The good news: there is a playbook for what great leaders do—to win and to last: The Power of Playing Offense.
Leadership skills. It’s something you might not think about early in your career, but it’s important, especially if you have big career dreams.
What are the qualities of a good leader? Do you consider yourself a leader or a boss?