Management in little steps

August 25, 2007 at 1:56 pm 2 comments

Six traits of effective leaders:
Make others feel important
Promote a vision;
Follow the golden rule;
Admit mistakes;
Criticize others only in private;
Stay close to the action.
Christian Nevell Bovee

There’s this myth going around that good managers are rare because being a good manager is difficult. That’s just silly.

Examine the list above, is there anything there we couldn’t do, if we understood the need for doing them, the value and the payback for doing them?

Make others feel important?
Why would any manager consciously do the opposite?

Promote a vision?
That’s merely an objective in a fancy suit and put on for all to see.
We can do that.

Follow the Golden Rule?
Seems to me, that a rule that’s been around for a few thousand years, might have something going for it.
We can give it a try and see how it works out.

Admit mistakes…
Oh oh… that’s difficult.
It means speaking the truth.
Difficult for some, impossible for others it seems, but doable for most of us if we have to.

Criticize in private!
But that takes all the fun out of it…
oh… I see… taking pleasure from the humiliation of others isn’t PC… okay.
We can get behind that if we have to.

Stay close to the action?
Is there any other way to really know what’s going on?

Nope. Just as I thought. Nothing difficult.

Here’s the difficult question…



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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. pam  |  August 27, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    What’s the golden rule?

  • 2. technobility  |  August 28, 2007 at 7:46 am

    Google: “The Golden Rule”

    It’s perhaps the oldest bit of sound advice/wisdom we’ve ever come up with. (even more important than certain rules of grammar!)

    Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.

    Which translates into:

    Don’t steal from others, because you wouldn’t like them to steal from you.

    Don’t cheat others… because you don’t like being cheated.

    Or in general?

    Treat others as you’d like them to treat you.

    Simple, even simplistic. Old, even ancient. Trite? Cliché? Yes to all these criticisms – but no less important because of them.

    It’s perhaps the most important life rule to follow, it certainly beats don’t run with scissors.

    Enjoy the day


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