Joe and Wanda on Management

Joe Kerr and Wanda B. Goode, two characters from Nick McCormick’s book, “Lead Well and Prosper,” dispense their management wisdom

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Month: July, 2007

Status Reports

29 July, 2007 (02:57) | Communication, Management | By: Administrator

– Not too many people enjoy writing status reports. They take time and their true value is debatable. Let’s see how Joe and Wanda approach this sometimes touchy topic with their team members.

Joe Kerr: Only reason I do a status report is because I have to. I have a set format. I just change the date each week. All the rest of the content is identical. I get it in early every week. My boss is thrilled!

I don’t require status reports from my people because I’d simply never read them, and I don’t want to put the troops through the same charade. I know what they’re up to anyway. I work with them every day.

Wanda B. Goode: I require status from all of the team members once a week. It serves a few purposes. First, it lets me know what people are up to. I can’t possibly keep track of everything. It allows me to track progress on projects, and it really comes in handy when it’s time for performance reviews. Second, it’s a forum for team members to express themselves – their ideas, their issues/concerns. Third, it provides them a place to record administrative items, like planned vacation.

I spend the time required to read through them thoroughly and I frequently provide comments back to team members, which re-enforces their value and encourages them to share more. 

Worst Kind of Loss?

16 July, 2007 (01:52) | Personal Development | By: Administrator

– Joe and Wanda, have you ever heard the expression that the worst kind of loss is a lost opportunity? Can you comment on that?

Joe Kerr: Sure. I agree with it. I had the opportunity to kick your @ss a few weeks ago. I didn’t do it, and now I find myself constantly subjected to ridiculous questions.

Wanda B. Goode: I had not heard that expression before but it makes a whole lot of sense. If we allow opportunities to slip by we never quite comprehend the magnitude of the loss. I see the statement as a call to action in my professional and personal life. It’s often easiest to just flow with the current and let things happen to us, but it can be tremendously costly.

What Have You Done for the Team Today?

9 July, 2007 (03:01) | Servant Leadersip, Training | By: Administrator

– Last post we touched on goals and objectives. This has a similar theme. Most would agree that the manager’s team is key to her/his success. The organization benefits as the team becomes more productive, solves problems, comes up with more ideas, etc. Tell me Joe and Wanda, what have you done today to help your team achieve it’s goals?

Joe Kerr: I am all over this one. I’ll tell you one thing I do for my team every single day – well, for the guys on the team anyway. After I do my business in the morning, I leave my newspaper on the floor of the bathroom stall. Everyone has the opportunity to read it, making the best of that idle time. Sharing is caring! Now if that’s not good for morale, I don’t know what is!

Wanda B. Goode: That’s a great question. Unfortunately I can’t think of anything that I did today to help my team achieve it’s goals. As a matter of fact, I’m hard pressed to come up with something I’ve done in the past week. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day. You’ve really gotten me thinking. this is going to be a busy month. I’m going to check with some team members right now to see what I can do to help.