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: October, 2010

Managing – Like Holding a Dove in Your Hand

25 October, 2010 (22:06) | Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

Just started reading Robert Sutton’s latest book, Good Boss, Bad Boss. Early on, he relays a lesson learned from former LA Dodgers coach Tommy Lasorda who said, “I believe managing is like holding a dove in your hand. If you hold it too tightly, you kill it, but if you hold it too loosely, you lose it.”

Thoughts, Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: Finally, a quote from someone that I can relate to and respect. I’ve been coaching my heart out for decades. I know when to prop my team up and when to cuss them out, when to lean on them, and when to let them fly on their own. Well said Tommy.

Wanda B. Goode: I agree with coach Lasorda. It can be a delicate balance. Either extreme is not good. Too much micromanagement stifles team members, while ignoring them causes a whole slew of problems. Management is a balance. There are times to teach, times to cheer on, and times to discipline.

Here are a couple of related posts…
Book Review-Good Boss, Bad Boss
Are You a Good Boss? A List of Signs that You Are…

Men of Tustin – True Leaders

19 October, 2010 (20:36) | Leadership | By: Administrator

Last week I mentioned the need for us to hear more about the unsung leaders in order to drown out the stories of greed and corruption displayed by so many business leaders over the last few years. Well, hear you go.

A few months back I learned about the Men of Tustin, a group of guys in Overbrook, PA that have been working selflessly to take back their neighborhood and provide opportunities for the children in the community to learn and grow.

Each and every one of these men is standing up and making a difference. Despite their very modest resources, they are bringing about significant positive change in their community. Check out the related posts below.

Any comments, Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: I got what I thought was a sweet gift, a tungsten watch, when I locked in the Swenson deal. Turns out it’s only worth about 250 clams. So much for that!

Wanda B. Goode: Kudos to the Men of Tustin. There’s a lot of great leadership going on right under our noses. Thanks for highlighting it.

Related posts
Volunteer with City Year: Support the Men of Tustin
Stepping Up: Overbrook’s Men of Tustin Fight for Their Community Guiding its Youth by Strong, Tough Example

An Odd Sort of Leadership

11 October, 2010 (22:49) | Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

Last Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer ran a story about the Milton Hershey School’s purchase of a failing golf course for $12 million back in 2006. Apparently the purchase was made in the name of student safety. The course was to act as buffer land between the new student campus and the community.

For those of you that are not aware, the school was founded by Milton Hershey of Hershey Chocolate fame. It’s the nation’s largest residential school for impoverished children, and it is run by the Hershey Trust. The report goes on to say that the purchase price was over twice the amount listed in the appraisal obtained by the trust.

At the time of the purchase, the previous investors in the course were losing their shirts. Coincidentally, one of those investors was then CEO of Hershey Foods, Richard H. Lenny, who also served on the on the board of the trust. How about that? The story gets far more incredible and ridiculously disgraceful. Feel free to read on to find out more.

There is no doubt that one can Lead Well and Prosper, but the problem is that one can also lead poorly and prosper. Too many seem to be choosing the latter path. It’s definitely easier, and it can be very lucrative. Therefore, it will continue.

Now more than ever, it’s important to recognize those many unsung leaders in the former camp that are doing things right. We need to hear more about them. Their stories need to drown out the stories of greed and corruption so that an appropriate example can be made for our current and future leaders. If you have any to share, please do so.

Here’s a related post.
Hershey Trust’s Double Bogie on Golf Course Purchase

2010 October Leadership Development Carnival

4 October, 2010 (20:13) | Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

Mary Jo Asmus hosts the October, 2010 Leadership Development Carnival on her Aspire Collaborative Services site. Sample the 30+ management and leadership articles posted this month.