Archive | October, 2007

Right Enjoyment

Posted on 31 October 2020

A principle of Slow Leadership
There’s no way out of using a cliché: life is not a dress rehearsal. This is it. What you fail to enjoy now, you never will. Those who take life at a breathless run don’t give themselves time to enjoy anything. Those who do little but work better really enjoy [...]

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The art of seeing clearly

Posted on 30 October 2020

Seeing through to the truth needs patience more than activity
When people rush about, they tend to stir up all kinds of confusions and distractions that make it far harder to see the fundamentals of what is taking place. Like throwing a handful of stones into a tranquil pool, they ruin all hope of seeing down [...]

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Are today’s organizations creating hardworking Idiots?

Posted on 29 October 2020

Maybe corporations do get what they deserve
 
The German World War II general Erich von Manstein is said to have categorized his officers into four types.
The first type, he said, is lazy and stupid. His advice was to leave them alone because they don’t do any harm.
The second type is hard-working and clever. He [...]

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The continuing curse of the “Practical Man” (Part 1)

Posted on 26 October 2020

Why management by money doesn’t work
 
When the great British economist Lord Keynes was trying to modernize the study of economics in the 1930s, he was beset with criticism from Practical Men. These Practical Men (they were all men, then) knew that you couldn’t spend your way out of a recession, that reducing wages would cut [...]

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Getting the balance others only crave

Posted on 25 October 2020

Simple steps to balance work and life in a way that truly works for you.
Many, many articles have been written about work/life balance—I’ve added to the number myself. Few, however, tell you what that balance might be. It’s as if they all assume you know which blend of work and non-work time in your life [...]

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A critical difference between winners and losers

Posted on 24 October 2020

The simplest way to improve your decisions . . . but one that most people ignore
Patience, so the saying goes, is a virtue. Maybe. More importantly though, it’s a certain antidote to false and hurried assumptions. Cultivating patience is the best way to find wisdom in a messy and complex world.
Given the patience to wait [...]

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Right Relationships

Posted on 23 October 2020

Another principle of Slow Leadership
Dealing with people takes time. You need time to get to know them, time to establish trust and respect, time to recognize their strengths and weaknesses, and time to help them develop and grow. Perhaps the worst aspect of the frenetic management pace that’s becoming the norm is the way it [...]

Coyote goes wandering

Posted on 22 October 2020

From now until mid-November, I will be away from my office on vacation. I’m not sure what Internet access I will have during that time, since I will sometimes be in fairly remote places. Besides, in line with what I preach to others, I intend to have a complete break from working on my blogs [...]

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Avoiding burnout means understanding it first

Posted on 22 October 2020

Burnout is as much an organizational problem as a personal one
Burnout is one of the hottest organizational topics (sorry about the pun). What causes it? More importantly what can you do to prevent it?
According to New York psychologist Herbert J. Freudenberger, PhD., who coined the term, burnout is a state of fatigue [...]

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Knowing thyself reduces conflict

Posted on 19 October 2020

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Knowing thyself requires an in-depth understanding of “who I am.” and “how I am.” This understanding is the product of [...]

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