|If we're managers, then
regardless of our title we are responsible for managing people. This
means that those skills known as "Soft Skills", the ones
supposedly difficult measure are your biggest asset. If I'm a project
manager then my success at delivering projects on time has little to do
with my knowledge of project management technology and nearly everything
to do with my ability to manage a group of people into a high
performance team working together to met that deadline. Ultimately, soft
skills deliver hard benefits.
Are you a Gambler?
Risk Management Redux
Organizations and Leadership
It's not the followers who are at fault
Problems! Glorious Problems
We need more problems, not less
Pareto: Correct? False? Useful
A look at the 80/20 rule as a Management tool.
A Reason we see Constellations
The power of Patterns
Negotiation for Neophytes
Make them an offer even if they refuse?
A Menagerie of Mistakes
Why you should, and likely did, make mistakes
A recipe for Teams
Soon to be on a food channel near you!
Never go to a meeting Again
There's an alternative to meetings... sort of.
Captain Cook's GPS
What if you could implement new solutions in old problems.
Smile, Laugh, Breathe
Why and how a smiling environment is better for your org.
Tiny Phrase, large Praise
Motivation on the cheap
Attend MORE meetings
No... seriously... go to more meetings!
Don't Answer that Phone
The simplest Time Management tool available.
Just Trust Me
Why and How do we decide to Trust someone?
Just Trust Me Take II
It seems I had more to say on the topic of Trust
What happens when we violate a Trust? How do we restore it?
Why our Projects Fail
Reasons for failure that you've never read before.
The Art of Making Assumptions
Remember what you heard about not making assumptions? Forget it - it was bad advice
The Room that Eats Speakers
There are rooms out there that speakers should fear.
Managers Thwart Good Organizations
of your Ability
Suggestions for Meeting Planners
The Art of
Legerdemain for Managers
Fight, or Flight of the Butterflies (MP3)
Schoolyard Bully Graduates
Stop Annoying your Audience
Team Building isn't a Game
A Plan for all Reasons
Consider your ethics when speaking of access
Thinking the Unthinkable
right under our noses
use of Graphics
|Truth Pick #159
Never tell people how to do things.
Those managers attempting to control every thought and action, minimize their power to leverage. A good lever doesn't exert effort, it channels effort to a single point of action.
To attempt the control of effort is ultimately to restrict it. Dictating a solution stifles creativity. It asserts the manager, and the manager alone has the right, or knows how, to think.
In the well intentioned effort to get it right, novice managers assume everyone else will get it wrong.
Ironically, it is usually our proven ability to get things done that raises us to management. To place that behind us, and give up control of the solution, is contrary to our nature.
Set only my destination and the world is my resource. Define the path I must walk and I can only watch my step.
(c) 2004 Peter de Jager
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