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: December, 2011

A Good Day

30 December, 2011 (17:07) | Management | By: Administrator

At around 9:00 pm on Christmas Day, my 8 year old son and I were sitting in our family room. His mother called and told him it was time for bed. Before he headed upstairs I asked him, “Did you have a good day today?” He looked at me like I had two heads and responded, “How could I not have a good day? It’s Christmas.”

It was one of those “Make-sure-you-don’t-take-things-for-granted” moments. It just made my day even better. Hope you have had some time to relax and enjoy the holidays.

Hire for Attitude

23 December, 2011 (22:48) | Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

In his new book, Hire for Attitude, Mark Murphy relays the results of a study he did with over 20,000 new hires over a period of 3 years. He found that 46% of them failed (i.e. got fired, got written up, or received poor reviews) within the first 18 months. That’s a big number. Even more surprisingly, though, was that only 11% failed due to lack of skills. The remainder failed as a result of attitude.

Thoughts Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: Merry Christmas everybody. I’m going to head on down to the local watering hole with my team, so we can work on our attitudes.

Wanda B. Goode: It is tough to overcome a crappy attitude regardless of the level of technical competency. That’s important to consider when hiring a new employee.

Here are a couple of related posts…

Whom Should You Hire at Start-up (Attitude Over Aptitude)
Attitude vs. Aptitude

10X Leaders

13 December, 2011 (20:54) | Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

In his book, Great by Choice, Jim Collins refers to 10X leaders – Those leaders whose companies have outperformed their industry indexes by ten times. He found that 10X leaders “did not have a visionary ability to predict the future. They observed what worked, figured out why it worked, and built upon proven foundations. They were not more risk taking, more bold, more visionary, and more creative than the comparisons. They were more disciplined, more empirical, and more paranoid.

Thoughts Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: I suppose there’s hope for you then, huh?

Wanda B. Goode: I guess Aesop was on to something. It appears slow and steady does win the race.

Here are a couple of related posts…

What’s Coming Next? 3 Lessons Learned in Great by Choice
What Does it Take to be a 10X Leader?

2012 December Leadership Development Carnival

5 December, 2011 (21:48) | Leadership, Management | By: Administrator

Kevin Eikenberry hosts the December, 2011 Leadership Development Carnival at his site, Leadership and Learning with Kevin Eikenberry. Sample the management and leadership articles posted this month.