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: February, 2011

Bud to Boss on Change

21 February, 2011 (21:42) | Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

In their new book, From Bud to Boss, authors Kevin Eikenberry and Guy Harris provide a good primer on the components of change:

Pain – Remaining with the status quo must cause considerable pain
Vision – There must be a vision of a better future state
Plan – There needs to be a plan for how to achieve the vision
Cost – The cost and/or risk to go to the new state can’t be too high

Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: I think we’ve done about a dozen posts on change, and I’ve run out of clever quips. I’m all out of loose change.

Wanda B. Goode: Fundamentals! The change concepts, like most of the material in Bud to Boss, are very beneficial to new leaders, but they are also helpful to the grizzled veterans that are willing to learn.

A couple of related posts:

Overcoming the Disruptive Process of Change
What is Your Burning Platform?

5 Must-Have Conversations for New Leaders

15 February, 2011 (01:00) | Leadership, Leadership Development, Management, Podcast - Management Tips | By: Administrator

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Kevin Eikenberry, co-author of From Bud to Boss, joins us for the second time on the Management Tips Podcast Series. With this tip, Kevin focuses on new leaders. He suggests that new managers have five very important conversations as soon as possible. If they do, their jobs will be much more effective and enjoyable. Listen to the podcast to find out more.

Kevin’s new book, From Bud to Boss, actually launches today, February 15th. To celebrate, some free gifts are available to those that purchase the book today. To find out more, visit

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A Leader’s Wake

10 February, 2011 (17:16) | Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

Chapter eight of Kevin Eikenberry’s new book, From Bud to Boss, (co-authored with Guy Harris) contains a wonderful analogy.

The authors state that just as a boat leaves a two-sided wake in the water, leaders leaves a two-sided wake in their organizations, and you can tell a lot about leaders by the wake that they leave. One side of the wake reflects tasks accomplished and the other reflects impacts of interacting with people.

The leadership role is made up of activities on both sides, but most people are more comfortable focusing on one side than the other. If there is too much focus on one side, the leader will go around in a circle experiencing the same problems over and over – much as a boat will circle if too heavily weighted to one side.

To take the analogy a step further, not only do good leaders have to balance people and tasks, they are also out front deflecting the nonsense and taking on the grunt work to make the job of the followers easier. The followers benefit by drafting the leader and/or riding his/her wake.

What kind of wake are you leaving Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: Mine’s not too pleasant. I just had the Nacho Double Grande for lunch!

Wanda B. Goode: I like the analogy. I get the feeling that many managers don’t realize the totality of their impacts on the organization. I think it’s fairly safe to say that most focus on the tasks accomplished – and not even necessarily by the team, but their individual tasks. As managers we should take the time to look back and take inventory of the impacts that we are having on our organization.

A couple of related posts:

A Leader’s Impact
Of Leading Lights and Influencers