Meetings are a waste of time. They start late; and end later. The agenda – if there is one – isn’t followed. Some blowhard at the end of the table won’t stop talking. People arrive ill prepared, or worse, not at all. And no one is held responsible for the actions that were supposedly decided during the last meeting. Why am I here, you ask yourself philosophically? You have better things to do with your time...
Type the term “effective” into Google and your search produces 533 million results in 0.38 seconds. It seems everyone has an idea of what effective means. That’s the problem. Over my 35-years as a management consultant and business coach to some of the world’s most successful organizations. I have witnessed many leaders struggle with a workable definition of what it means to be effective in their jobs. For my money there is only one definition that counts.
December is often a time of taking stock of the year that was, and preparing for the year to come. So, this year’s December theme of reflection is on Effectiveness.
It’s a word that makes its way on to many a professional growth list, agendas and plans for improvement – from employees to organizations. What may feel elusive to many, and second nature to some, is in fact a
What would life be like without managers? Chaos or relief?
For some reason, and maybe because it makes for juicy storytelling, it’s always the worst managers we remember most vividly. We share the lessons we learn from their failings. And we pledge to NEVER follow in their footsteps when we get to be in their shoes.
Let’s talk about the practical ways that you can make your workplace a little more enjoyable and a little less of a Stephen King movie.
Aristotle called courage the first virtue because it makes all of the other virtues possible. Think of this in terms of the business world. Can you excel as a leader-manager, without courage?
In my career working for and consulting to many different companies, I learned that the biggest obstacle to positive change is creating good sustainable habits.
Action plans, sweating the details – ensuring work gets done – are important and help keep us on course. Without them, it’s easy for top performers to lapse into average ones.
It’s August, you’re a Leader-Manager, and summer is flying by at its usual brisk clip. Time to get moving, fast – it’s almost too late to be starting the planning process.