Archive | September, 2008

Whenever You Can, Tell It Like It Is

Posted on 30 September 2020

Nina Simosko reminds us all that it’s usually better to be respected and not liked than to be liked and not respected. Delivering criticism honestly can be hard, yet the alternative is worse: the creeping sense that a boss needs to be liked so much that he or she will sacrifice performance and integrity rather than risk being called a bad name.

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Facing Up to Today’s Crisis

Posted on 29 September 2020

Today’s ‘wordless’ articles offers a basis for thinking about the underlying attitudinal and leadership causes for today’s crisis in the global economy; and the only truly long-term cures that will prevent anything like this from happening again.

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My Lawn Mower Made Me Do It!

Posted on 26 September 2020

To become reactive means to act without thinking, to respond instinctively and emotionally—even towards inanimate objects. Peter Vajda reminds us that objects don’t cause problems deliberately, nor can emotional responses cause them pain or lead them to repent. Those are human attributes. In the end, it’s all about you.

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Are You Really Broken?

Posted on 25 September 2020

Is the pursuit of happiness the main cause of your problems and misery? We have no right to be happy, any more than we have a right to be rich, good looking, healthy or popular. If you are any of these, be grateful. If you aren’t, do what you can and accept the rest. Don’t add to your unhappiness by obsessing about it.

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What makes a pearl?

Posted on 24 September 2020

In the workplace, writes new author Martin Hodges, raising your head above the parapet in the interest of your team, or the corporation as a whole, takes nerve. People in power don’t like to be questioned or put on the spot. But being ‘the grit in the oyster’ is still the only way to produce a pearl.

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A State of Denial

Posted on 23 September 2020

Like the Wall Street giants forced into bankruptcy or fire-sales, all too many bosses act on the basis that “everything will turnout alright . . . somehow” and so fail to take the necessary action to deal with looming problems in time. They refuse to face up to reality, preferring their personal fantasies and comfortable evasions to the harsh truth about themselves and their business models. The first and most essential step towards wisdom is acknowledging reality, however painful or embarrassing that may be.

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How to Think About Performance

Posted on 22 September 2020

A ‘wordless’, visually-based posting this Monday. Here’s a diagram to show what matters when it comes to understanding and improving performance in the workplace—yours or that of someone who works for you. Use it to help focus your thoughts and reflections.

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Twenty indicators of failing at leadership

Posted on 19 September 2020

Peter Vajda thinks many of today’s workplaces are deficient in the kind of development that addresses issues of self-discovery and promote conscious and healthy relationships. Truly knowing yourself, he says, is both essential to a healthy sense of self-esteem and forms the only sound basis for successful working relationships.

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The Midas Crunch

Posted on 18 September 2020

King Midas was a dream CEO. Thanks to the gift he requested from the god Dionysus, everything he touched turned to gold. That’s why ‘having the Midas touch’ has become a shorthand for anyone with exceptional money-making ability. Yet getting what you think you want often comes with a heavy—and unexpected—price.

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Bad Management: Managing by Fear and Hyper-Control

Posted on 17 September 2020

If Hitler is the sick, demonic parody of a success-at-any-price modern executive, Stalin is the control-freak, gray accountant who turns up from nowhere and institutes a reign of terror in the organization. He’s the godfather of the new boss who tells you you’ll have to do more with a smaller budget and fewer staff—and if you can’t succeed you’ll be replaced.


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