“First rule of leadership … everything is your fault.” A Bug’s Life (1998, Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures)
“People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything” (Thomas Sowell) I came out of a brilliant meeting yesterday. It was15 minutes long. I knew in advance that my boss was short of time, so to make the meeting go well I did a few things that helped: I referred to the… Read More Seeking attention . . .
“By three methods, we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience which is the bitterest.” Confucius
“To ignite independent thinking in people we must be more drivingly interested in what the person really thinks than we are frightened of being proved wrong” (Nancy Kline, More Time to Think: The Power of Independent Thinking)
Thinking of sending a flame email, of having a word, or answering back? Temptations we might all have succumbed to at least once in our career in response to a manager we just can’t seem to get on with. But Manfred F R Kets de Vries has an idea . . . “Remember, most bad… Read More Good people . . .
“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.“ (Michel de Montaigne)
I’d feel a little worried about emerging from the sauna red-faced and perspiring … but the hammock sounds wonderful! Read Kevin Peachey’s report on how technology companies are mixing work and play in the office in order to improve employee motivation – Office sauna: Must-have or hot air?
“One’s doing well if age improves even slightly one’s capacity to hold on to that vital truism: “This too shall pass.” (Alain de Botton)
I couldn’t resist sharing this wonderful 2-minute film from the BBC. Click here: BBC Family and Education News.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter tackles a very real reason for workplace discontent – The Cure for Horrible Bosses While, thankfully, this is not something I’ve experienced in my own line managers over the years, I have coached more than a few colleagues who have suffered because of the ineptitude or bullying nature of their manager or leader. I’m comforted… Read More Do you have one?