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: August, 2010

Sphere of Control – A Slap of Sense

30 August, 2010 (12:47) | Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

Sphere of Control

Before we get too far into the emotional commitment concept from Stan Slap’s book, Bury My Heart in Conference Room B, I wanted to share another quote from his book that I really enjoyed.

You may recall that earlier this month we had a podcast with Guy Harris who addressed the topic of sphere of control. This quote by Stan Slap sums up that same concept bluntly and accurately.

“The only thing in this world that will dependably occur from the top down is the digging of your grave.”

Joe Kerr: I plan on being cremated, so I’m not sure how this applies.

Wanda B. Goode: As managers we certainly can’t rely on the support from up above. In fact, in many cases, they are the ones armed with the shovels! We need to work to change our world and then push our influence up.

Here’s a related post

The True Values of Leadership

The Key to Emotional Commitment

23 August, 2010 (21:11) | Leadership, Leadership Development, Management | By: Administrator

According to Stan Slap in his book, Bury My Heart in Conference Room B, Wanda was correct when she mentioned in the last post that value alignment was the key to manager emotional commitment.

“The key neurobiological source of emotional commitment is the ability to live your own deepest values in a relationship or environment. As a manager, this means the relationship with your company and your environment at work.”

Slap goes on to explain that the reason that more companies don’t embrace this truism is fear.

“This is the great fear of the corporate organism: If I set you free to pursue your own priorities, you’ll leave me and I’ll die. The problem is, managers are already free. They’re free to detach, which is about as free as one can get.”

Joe Kerr: Of course it’s value-alignment. It’s a no-brainer. Hearts and minds!

Wanda B. Goode: So with all the fear and conflicting values, how can we live our values in the workplace? Something tells me we’re going to have to wait for the answer…

Here’s a related post to keep you engaged until next time!
Getting Beyond Engagement to Creating Meaning at Work

A Manager’s Emotional Commitment

16 August, 2010 (20:43) | Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

I just started reading Stan Slap’s book, Bury My Heart in Conference Room B. The very first page has a quote that I’d like to share…

A manager’s emotional commitment is the ultimate trigger for their discretionary effort, worth more than financial, intellectual, and physical commitment combined. It’s the kind of commitment that solves unsolvable problems, creates energy when all energy has been expended, and ignites emotional commitment in others, like employees, teams, and customers… any legendary organizational performance is the result of emotionally committed managers.

Joe and Wanda, how do you suppose organizations can gain and sustain the emotional commitment of their managers?

Joe Kerr: I’d prefer not to give away the secret sauce. Work for me and you’ll find out!

Wanda B. Goode: I guess I don’t have the necessary clearance to observe Joe’s secret sauce… I have a feeling the answer has got something to do with value alignment. Please keep us posted on what you discover and we can discuss in a future post.

In the mean time, maybe there are some clues in the following posts…

Employee Value Credits: Driving Organizational Transformation
Unleashing the Power of the Informal Organization

Ask Yourself, “What Can I Do?”

10 August, 2010 (19:34) | Leadership, Management, Podcast - Management Tips | By: Administrator

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Guy Harris, owner of Principle Driven Consulting, offers his management tip – Ask yourself, “What Can I Do?” Focus on the things within your span of control. Listen to this ten minute podcast for more…

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2010 August Leadership Development Carnival

2 August, 2010 (20:38) | Management | By: Administrator

Jason Seiden hosts this month’s leadership carnival over at his blog, Fail Spectacularly. Check it out.