Managing People is Everyone’s Weakness

Image In a workshop, I was approached by a new manager, and they said, “I am new to managing, and managing people is one of my weaknesses – what can I do?”  I shared that Managing People is Everyone’s Weakness …. and below are 8 ideas I shared for leadership. Managing People is Everyone’s Weakness There … Continued

New manager is an idiot What do I do? Managing Up

Managing Up is a leadership skill that you must develop “Contrary to popular legend, subordinates do not, as a rule, rise to position and prominence over the prostrate bodies of incompetent bosses. If their boss is not promoted, they will tend to be bottled up behind him. And if their boss is relieved for incompetence … Continued

WHAT? HOW? WHEN? WHERE? SOLUTION-FOCUSED LEADERSHIP QUESTIONS

Solution-Focused Leadership Coaching – Stop the why ‘Why’ is an instinctive question. Asked 100’s of times every day in organizations, and much of it is helpful. It is essential to understand why a manufacturing process has failed, why a car broke down or why your fire alarm went off. It can be enlightening to see … Continued

6 Truths about leadership

“… why does a subject need a Master to assume their freedom? Does such an assumption amount to the kind of pragmatic paradox wherein the very form (a Master gives me freedom) undermines the content (my freedom)? Should we not rather follow the well-known motto of all emancipatory movements: freedom cannot be handed down to us … Continued

Leadership Coaching questions to the manager

Leadership coaching can have many areas of focus. I feel a significant focus ought to be what the coachee’s direct manager wants to see different and how the manager will know that these differences have happened. You may choose not to involve the coachee’s immediate manager in the coaching; I think that is a waste … Continued

Utopian or idealized planning in organizations does not work

Image Credit “If a terrible simplificateur is someone who sees no problem where there is one, his philosophical antipode is the utopian who see a solution where there is none… [Upotian] extremism is solving human problems seems to occur most frequently as a result of the belief that one has found (or even can find) the ultimate, … Continued

Framework for Change

“I do not believe that change needs a robust and compelling vision because I do not think that most change efforts have an idea of the endpoint or view until they get there. Also, when you have that clarity of vision it is no longer a change effort it is a project to accomplish someone’s … Continued

Core Values are wasted opportunities

Core Values of an organization – Are all the meetings, time, flip-chart paper, and boredom worth it? When I began a recent contract, Human Resources told me, “We have no core values, and that is what is tearing this company apart.” After holding 40+ one on one interviews and sitting through 55+ hours of meetings, … Continued

Are leaders motivation different than others?

Are leaders motivations different than others? No, they are not. The term ‘leader’ is just another way of saying a person who is helpful in a situation when you need help. I had this discussion, in Buffalo NY, with a series of workshops focused on leadership, above is a picture of the chalkboard at the … Continued

Psychological Safety is Team Building

The team leader is accountable for establishing comfort with the work and team members. They can establish this early by setting the following conditions for team members to feel comfort in the work and reciprocal helping relationship of the team.