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: June, 2013

Managers, Are You Learning from Experience?

29 June, 2013 (15:54) | Leadership, Leadership Development, Management | By: Administrator

In her book, “Leading So People Will Follow,” Erika Andersen has an interesting quote about the implications of not learning from experience…

“When someone doesn’t learn from experience, it feels dangerous to us: our deepest instincts tell us this means he or she is more likely to lead us all to destruction. We retract our faith and belief and our will to follow, and we try to figure things out for ourselves, as individuals, rather than together with our leader and our teammates. We lose the power that arises from unity.”

Thoughts Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: Of course I learn from my experiences, but the real payoff is when I see others learn from my experiences. I’m a walking University, and class is in session daily!

Wanda B. Goode: Whenever we march down the same silly paths, whether due to our inability to learn or the inability of other managers above us to do so, it can be incredibly demoralizing. We need to find a way to snap out of it by responding in new and creative ways.

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Learning from Experience and Success in Business
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