The important point here is the second sentence: Both are quite necessary for a successful business, but rarely does someone completely master the traits of both. First step to working well with others? Know thyself. “The world is filled with managers and leaders. Both are quite necessary for a successful business, but rarely does someone completely master the traits of both. Often visionary entrepreneurs are moved aside for someone who can keep things steady and smooth. Of course when companies grow complacent, it’s the leader who charts a new direction and… Read more Take This Important Quiz: Are You a Better Manager or Leader? →
“Rituals can strengthen and spotlight the values, intentions, and experiences you have chosen to live by; they and can be useful when we are trying to figure out what is important. Here are some things that great leaders are doing wholeheartedly to make each day count.” How do you do the ritual of reading? Or the ritual of listening? Of mentorship? Of feedback? http://www.lollydaskal.com/leadership/daily-leadership-rituals-that-make-today-count/.
“It boils down to three key areas where a [leader] who does too much hurts their [organisation]: They don’t allow their people to develop. They diminish the value of the [organisation]. They limit their ability to ever leave.“ via 3 Ways You’re Hurting Your Company by Doing Too Much | Inc.com.
“The infographic below from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management outlines some of the other ways to ensure strong employee-boss relationships.” All the hot stuff is here: trust, relationships, diversity, listening, inspiration, fairness, patience… via What You Need to Know to Be a Great Manager Infographic | Inc.com.
Lou Gerstner: “I came to see, in my time at IBM, that culture isn’t just one aspect of the game–it is the game. In the end, an organization is nothing more than the collective capacity of its people to create value. Vision, strategy, marketing, financial management–any management system, in fact–can set you on the right path and carry you for a while. But no enterprise–whether in business, government, education, health care, or any area of human endeavor–will succeed over the long haul if those [cultural] elements aren’t part of its… Read more How To Create A Culture of Innovation →
“What you ignore, you permit. What you permit, you condone.” Culture isn’t random, it’s the result of a thousand different decisions: what to celebrate, what to question, what to prioritise, which rituals you continue with, which you abandon… But it’s also a result of what you decide not to ignore. “Problems don’t go away when you ignore them. Many times, they become bigger. Soon, they may become “the elephant in the room.” Ignoring an obvious problem or failing to address an issue can cause others to experience concern or uneasiness.”… Read more What You Ignore, You Permit. →
Even when systems-thinking, often we still need to eat the elephant one bit at a time. Here’s a great anecdote about Will Smith and the power of doing things one step at a time: “When Will was a 12-year-old kid, his dad gave him an impossible task: rebuild the brick wall in front of his business. It took Will and his little brother a year-and-a-half, but they built the wall.How did a couple of little kids build a big brick wall? Will explains, “You don’t try to build a wall.… Read more One Step At a Time | The Principal of Change →
“Until recently we’ve only been able to speculate about story’s persuasive effects. But over the last several decades psychology has begun a serious study of how story affects the human mind. Results repeatedly show that our attitudes, fears, hopes, and values are strongly influenced by story. In fact, fiction seems to be more effective at changing beliefs than writing that is specifically designed to persuade through argument and evidence.” Why Storytelling Is The Ultimate Weapon | Co.Create | creativity + culture + commerce.