Manager BAD, Leader GOOD…or?

TweetIs it just me or has there been – is there still – a sense of a ‘manager’ being as not as good as being a ‘leader’? In our own way and from our own experiences, we can describe and define management and leadership, and the difference between the two (click here for my quick summary of the differences between >> Managers & Leaders). Throughout my...
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Value, Measure, Reward

TweetThis is yet another excellent bit of creative wisdom from ONEFTE.com.  This piece conjures up so many questions I’d consider in a management coaching or training session. For example: In a short working week, such as the one Easter (or other public holidays) creates, does the value, measure or reward of work increase even more? As a manager, or someone who’s been managed, what...
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Motivation at the start of 2011

TweetWhatever the 1st of January does… I like it!  I have a renewed view and enthusiasm for the world.  Maybe it’s the fireworks the night before which bring out collective cheers and squeals of joy that uplift me.  Maybe it’s the goodbye of the year that was giving me a fresh new opportunity with the new year ahead of me.  Whatever the 1st of January does… I like...
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Mario and Manager Objective

Tweet“My objective as a manager, of course, is to remove the obstacles that prohibit greatness in the people I’ve hired.”** – What does this statement say to you? – Should all managers have an over-arching objective like Mario does? – What action/s does this statement inspire in you? **Quote by Mario Batali, interview in HBR May 2010, page 132.  Photo...
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Great Expectations? No, just plain & clear ones, please!

TweetEmployees want to be told how they are going and what is expected of them. Have you ever thought to yourself, “Why don’t my managers just do what’s expected?” or “I wish I knew what my boss wanted from me?” Well, quite simply, it’s most likely because expectations have not been articulated or articulated clearly! Of course there may be, and...
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