Well, it’s hard to believe, but this is Joe and Wanda’s one hundredth post. To celebrate, we’ll be giving away a free copy of Lead Well and Proper (the book that put Joe and Wanda on the map) to 5 random guests who comment on this post.
This one will be a bit different from the prior 99. We will be interviewing Joe and Wanda to get their thoughts on reaching this milestone and to pick their brains a bit on their favorite topic – management. So let’s get started. We’ll lead off with Joe…
Moderator: Welcome Joe. First let me congratulate you on your 100th post. Your dedication to this effort is commendable.
Joe Kerr: Thank you very much. I’m still waiting for my first pay check!
Moderator: Did you ever think that you would contribute to 100 blog posts?
Joe Kerr: Come to think of it, I am a bit surprised, mostly because I’ve had to put up with so many of your inane questions. I always knew I had plenty to offer. I haven’t even used up half of my favorite quotes from The Gladiator, and believe me, some of them bear repeating. I have quite a bit left in this tank!
Moderator: What have you enjoyed most about your role as dispenser of management wisdom?
Joe Kerr: I guess it’s really helping people. I can recall one of my earliest posts. Remember the story about how I let one of my guys drive my Porche to the shop to get it detailed as a reward for meeting a project deadline? Do you have any idea of the impact that had on the kid’s life? At the end of the day, that’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it?
Moderator: Have you learned anything through this process?
Joe Kerr: I’ve learned to be patient. I’m determined to be the voice of reason in this duo. You’d think that after spending a year under my tutelage I’d have shaken Wanda of her namby-pamby, insufferable idealism. She’s obviously not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Moderator: If you had just one piece of management advice to impart upon those in need, what would it be?
Joe Kerr: That’s a tough question, but as you know I’m used to tough questions. I thrive under pressure. I’d say management is not for the feint of heart. You need to be prepared to lay it on the line and go for it. You need the “Eye of the Tiger!” If you don’t have it, don’t bother. You’re better off getting bossed around by someone for the rest of your life. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to CYA. You never know who’s got it in for you. I guess that’s really two points, isn’t it? As usual our readers get their money’s worth and then some from Joe Kerr.
Moderator: Thanks so much Joe. If nothing else, you are certainly consistent.
Joe Kerr: Amen! That’s a great lead in to close out the interview. I’ll leave you with a quote from Ron Jaworski, former quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles. You see I’m a professional quarterback too – the quarterback of my organization.
“The heartbeat of a football team is the quarterback position and I think everyone who has any intelligence about the game understands you must have consistency at that position to be a championship team.”
Moderator: Thanks so much Joe. Now let’s hear from Wanda. Wanda, how does it feel to have participated in 100 blog posts?
Wanda B. Goode: It’s really kind of rewarding. I’m glad to have participated, and I’ve learned so much. We’ve covered a wide variety of topics. Many opinions have been expressed. Some have challenged my views and some have even changed them. Others have supported and validated my approach to management and leadership. I look forward to continuing to learn. I hope others have and will continue to benefit from our discussions.
Moderator: If you had only one piece of management advice to dispense, what would it be?
Wanda B. Goode – How about follow The Golden Rule? Do unto others as you would have them do to you. Treat your direct reports, your internal and external customers, your peers, your management, etc. as you would like them to treat you. As with many things that we’ve discussed, this is extremely simple, but it is not easy. I think it’s a good way to sum up what it takes to be a good person and a good manager. Actually, it wouldn’t hurt to read Lead Well and Prosper either! Joe got to mention two things, so I did too!
Actually, I’d like to mention another. Don’t give up or give in. You will make tons of mistakes. Apologize and just keep working at it. Don’t compromise. Resist the easy road. Do what is right. There are many counting on you.
Moderator: Thank you Wanda for your contributions to the blog.
Wanda B. Goode: Thank you for having me. I look forward to the next 100 posts. I plan to continue to learn, have fun, and contribute in whatever way that I can.
Moderator: Guests, if you’ve read this far, thank you as well. Thanks for checking out “Joe and Wanda on Management.” Remember, if you’d like to win a free copy of Lead Well and Prosper, share one of your management tips with us. A free book will be given to 5 random commenters to this post.