I came across yet another article this morning arguing the difference between management and leadership. This one was called Ten Signs your Boss is a Manager — but not a Leader. It suggests that managers watch people to make sure they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing, and continues:
‘The concept of traditional supervision is rooted in the fear that working people will misbehave or make mistakes if someone isn’t watching them to make sure they don’t.’
Hang on a minute. Weren’t we talking about management? Continue reading “A manager by any other name…”
One of my friends who’s an opera director was recently tagged in a post on Facebook with a link to an article listing 20 Ways To Be The Actor Everyone Wants to Work With. At first glance most of it seemed entirely theatre-related; with only a little imagination however, several items on the list could be translated into more general advice on how to be the sort of person that others really want to have on their team (and yes, that includes leading the team).
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The poet Charles Bukowski said ”writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all”. So here I am, overcoming my struggle to write my blog by writing about struggling to write my blog – or perhaps about becoming unstuck in general.
Continue reading “7 ways to get unstuck”
Every now again someone gives you some feedback that in one way or another completely stumps you. My own particular favourite was someone who wrote on their workshop evaluation sheet “Tim is very tall”!
When faced with something as left-field as this, what are your options?
Continue reading “Four things to do with surprising feedback”
People who don’t really know me might be surprised at what a seething mass of anger boils beneath this hugely tolerant exterior. All sorts of things get me going, but most of the time I keep a lid on it and only those closest to me realise that not everything’s as calm as it seems. And then, just occasionally, I explode.
Continue reading “Time to get really angry”
There seem to be quite a few TED talks available on the subject of resilience. This in itself is an interesting indication of what working life must be like for many people these days: if so many speakers dedicate time and effort discussing the ability to cope with extreme pressure and bounce back, it must surely be something people are interested (possibly desperate) to hear about.
Continue reading “Are you a resilient little Moss Piglet?”
There’s a lot (and I mean a lot) written at this time of year about making New Year Resolutions. Most of the time, I avoid the whole resolution fever as I think that if you want to change something, there’s nothing magical about 1st January that makes it any more likely that you’ll transform your life. But then I got to thinking (dangerous), and for me thinking leads to research, which leads to yet more thinking. And before you know it, I’m writing an article about the very subject I was trying to avoid.
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Making tough decisions is an unavoidable part of being a manager. It takes courage to cut staff, to tackle poor performance or to kill a much loved but no longer viable project. But that doesn’t mean you have to become toughened and uncaring about the people involved. There’s absolutely no reason that courageous decisions cannot be executed with compassion, and several good business reasons why they should.
Continue reading “Compassion at work”
I’ve seen a lot of managers driven by fear at work. Fear of doing the wrong thing, fear of getting into trouble, fear of being judged and found wanting, fear that one of their team will outperform them, fear of conflict, fear of ending up at an employment tribunal, fear of losing their job. The list goes on and on.
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According to Confucius, wisdom, courage and compassion are the three universally recognised moral qualities of men. They’re also regarded as key elements of Buddhahood. But where do they fit into management?
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