Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Chris Morris, Associate Vice Provost, Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, says, "As a leader, my most important skill set is recognizing the skills and talents of people in my area and designing a structure that allows them to use their strengths and do what they are internally motivated to do in the service of a shared vision."
What do you think? Are you a tiger manager? If so, how is it working for you? Please share your ideas here so that we can all learn.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Courage, says Brene Brown, comes from the Latin root, cor or heart. Its earliest meaning was: tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.
Many people are afraid to be authentically themselves at work. We wear a mask -- I'm dependable; I'm smart; I'm tough; I'm nice. But that mask, even if it describes a part of who we are, hides the whole truth of who we are.
The cost to ourselves and others is that we find ourselves working to support that mask -- taking care not to do or say anything that might put a nick in it in others' eyes -- while others don't have access to those hidden parts of us that may be supportive of their work. Further, others may be more likely to wear a mask themselves because we do; we've made it de rigueur.
For example, let's say I maintain the nice-guy image at work. What do I do when someone asks me for something that is going to slow down my current projects? What do I say when I'm passed up for a promotion? Most likely, I say nothing. My company loses because I am less productive on my project in the short term and because they are missing the opportunity to fully utilize me long term. And clearly, I lose visibility and promotions.
Are you wearing a mask? What benefit does it provide? Would you be willing to risk that benefit? Why or why not? What would happen if you told the story of who you are with your whole heart?
If you have time:
And the words slide into the slots ordained by syntax, and glitter as with atmospheric dust with those impurities which we call meaning.
--Anthony Burgess, Enderby Outside (1968)
To learn how to craft a sentence, read. Read good writing on subjects that interest you. Over several semesters I've surveyed my students about their reading habits. Those who read consistently earn the highest marks. Doesn't matter if they read Car & Driver or The Economist.
Monday, January 24, 2011
How would your boss respond if you lost a million dollar client, or made a $5 million error?
What would you say or do if your direct report made a huge error (assuming he or she admits it quickly and offers solutions)?
And, what are the likely outcomes of different responses?
Thursday, January 20, 2011
What decisions have you made today? Who will be affected by your decisions? How will you let them know? --call, email, IM, other?
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
How many opportunities do you have today to ask, "what if"? What, if anything, might get in your way of asking?
Monday, January 10, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
But will all that dedication to work make it difficult to give your all at home too? This is something I have not reconciled -- and it's why I work part time!
I need your advice on this folks. What is the balance between being an excellent leader at work and excellent leader at home?
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Can you be happy (see previous post) and guilty? Given the real definitions of these states of mind, yes! Perhaps the more conscientious we are, the more satisfied we are with our work and therefore our life.
Dr. Flynn demonstrates that people who are dedicated to their work, who care about and take personally work outcomes, and have a strong sense of responsibility are considered to be better leaders by their coworkers. And, interestingly, they are also more satisfied with their jobs and more committed to their employers.
What do you think? What is your experience with guilt and work?