In his book, What Were They Thinking? Jeffrey Pfeffer expresses frustration over why so many leaders know how to manage people more effectively to build competitive advantage and high-performance organizational cultures, but they choose not to do so. They have a variety of excuses.
- Too much day-to-day stuff takes precedence
- It takes too long to make the changes
- We don’t have the money to do that
“It’s as if a requirement for entering the ranks of senior management today is the ability to make excuses for why it’s impossible to do things that most people agree are important.”
His suggestion for fixing the situation… Refuse to accept any reasons for why things that need to be done can’t be. It’s OK to identify the problems. The important thing is to develop solutions to those problems. The leader needs to articulate a vision that can inspire the effort required to overcome the obstacles.
Joe Kerr: Spoken like a man that has spent his entire career behind a podium and not on the front lines.
Wanda B. Goode: We do make a lot of excuses don’t we? I know I just made one today. I will work on breaking the habit. If I can break free from the tendency to create excuses, there is so much to be gained.
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