Tag Archive: organizational success

Portrait of a Micro-manager

Most people I’ve asked say they’ve worked for a micro-manager. Their frustration shows when they talk about the person who drained joy from their career and under-utilized their skills. You’re a micro-manager if… Continue reading

Help them Grow or Watch them Go

What’s the point of staff development if career ladders look like traffic jams? Tough times end promotions and pay raises. Maybe it’s better to slow or stop staff development. What can you offer?… Continue reading

Who Pulled the Trigger on bin Laden

Mark Owen (Not his real name) explained his firsthand view of the raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound on 60 minutes Sunday night. Scott Pelley interviewed the former Navy SEAL who gave… Continue reading

Something’s Always Broken

Success always has failure in it. Weak leaders pretend and fearful leaders need everything to be okay. But, nothing works perfectly. You’re never successful without failure. Every initiative, program, event, or project has… Continue reading

Overcoming the Danger of Taking Ownership

Ownership is dangerous when others are ruled out. “It’s mine! Don’t touch my things!” Individual owners do things themselves. That’s good unless it become exclusive, protective, and short-sighted. Individual contributors: The trouble with… Continue reading

Those who Discourage Destroy

It’s easy to deflate others. But, it takes skill to lift people. The joy of fools is to drag down. Leaders encourage – losers discourage. Discouragement comes quickly, easily, and without thought. Encouragement – positive… Continue reading