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: March, 2011

The BLAME Game

30 March, 2011 (21:31) | Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

In his new book, The Little Black Book of Leadership, Todd Dewett says that real progress can not be made until the blame game ends. He provides his definition for BLAME – an acronym meaning Barely Legitimate Almost Meaningless Excuse.

Thought Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: I’m going to have to share this one with my wife!

Wanda B. Goode: Blaming others is not productive. It is not empowering. Blaming is easy – too easy. It’s much harder to look within ourselves and our own organizations, uncover our faults, and then work to improve, but that’s what leaders do.

Here’s a related post…
Taking a Look into the Leadership Mirror

Learning is the Key!

23 March, 2011 (20:59) | Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

In his new book, Hard Goals, Mark Murphy shares the following information about those that are required to learn new skills in order to achieve a goal…

Those who will have to learn new skills are:

  • Twenty-two times more likely to say, “I would like to spend my career at this organization.”
  • Seventeen times more likely to say, “I recommend my boss to others as a great person to work for.”
  • Twenty-one times more likely to say, “I recommend this organization to others as a great place for people to work.”

How about that?

Joe Kerr: There’s obviously a whole lot of learning going on around here!

Wanda B. Goode: Wow! I realized that learning new things was a motivator for people, but I never realized the extent.

Here’s a related post…
The Importance of Learning

When Should Performance Issues be Addressed?

17 March, 2011 (23:27) | Leadership, Management, Podcast - Management Tips, Problem Performance | By: Administrator

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In this ten minute Management Tips Podcast, Dr. Todd Dewett explains when managers should address performance issues and provides a framework for intervening. Listen in to find out more

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2011 March Leadership Development Carnival

7 March, 2011 (20:26) | Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

Dan McCarthy hosts the March, 2011 Leadership Development Carnival at his site, Great Leadership. Sample the dozens of management and leadership articles posted this month.

Are You Really Considering Input from Team Members?

4 March, 2011 (21:34) | Leadership, Management, Team Building | By: Administrator

In his book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni’s writes the following…

“Reasonable human beings do not need to get their way in order to support a decision, but only need to know that their opinions have been heard and considered.”

Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: Can’t tell you the last time I encountered a reasonable human being!

Wanda B. Goode: Sometimes we pretend to consider the views of team members. We will openly ask for input with no intention of adopting it. Team members see right through this ploy. We are only fooling ourselves. The team members will not fall in line if their concerns are not considered. They will resent the decision even more.

Unless managers acknowledge team member input, discuss the pros and cons, weigh options, tease out ideas, and occasionally accept the ideas, there is no reason to bother asking for it.

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