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: November, 2011

Managers: Why No Innovation?

28 November, 2011 (21:43) | Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

In his book, Little Bets, Peter Sims points out the importance of inquisitiveness to innovation, a trait that seems to be lacking in many. Hal Gregersen of INSEAD offers an explanation. It’s our approach to education.

“If you look at four-year-olds, they are constantly asking questions and wondering how things work. But, by the time they are six and a half years old they stop asking questions, because they quickly learn that teachers value the right answers more than provocative questions.” So apparently, as adults, our tendency to explore and discover is still there, it’s just being squelched.

Thoughts Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: I don’t need any more four-year-olds on my team!

Wanda B. Goode: I guess one of our jobs as managers is to un-squelch the inquisitiveness! There is an awful lot of talk about the value of failing, but lots of times that is just lip service. We need to back it up.

Here are a couple of related posts…
When Failure Leads to Innovation, and When it Doesn’t
7 Habits of Highly Innovative People

The Myth of Time

21 November, 2011 (23:17) | Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

In his book, It’s Okay to be the Boss, Bruce Tulgan identifies a series of myths for why managers don’t manage. Myth #7 is The Myth of Time. Managers complain that they don’t have time to manage their people. They are just too busy with their own tasks and responsibilities. Tulgan debunks the myth as follows: “Since your time is so limited, you definitely don’t have time not to manage your people. Managers who try desperately to avoid spending time managing people always spend lots of time managing people anyway.” In other words, pay me now, or pay me a whole lot more later.

Thoughts Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: I’m broke!

Wanda B. Goode: I also like how Tulgan refers to time spent managing people as “high-leverage time.” For every 15 minutes you spend effectively managing someone on your team, you get paid back many times over in productivity.

Here’s a related post…

The Authentic Boss

2011 November Leadership Development Carnival

15 November, 2011 (22:12) | Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

Dan McCarthy hosts the November, 2011 Leadership Development Carnival. Sample the dozens of management and leadership articles posted this month.

Managers, HOW is the Answer

5 November, 2011 (11:40) | Leadership, Management, Podcast - Management Tips | By: Administrator

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This week’s guest, Dov Seidman, author of How: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything, explains that HOW is the answer and demonstrates ways we can benefit in this new era of behavior.

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