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Parenting and Managing

15 Oct

In meetings, people occasionally ask “What’s the difference between managing and parenting?” I pause for a long second and say: Children are shorter. A recent Corner Office article in the New York Times has an excellent conversation about this topic.

For a more explicit  perspective, but one very much in agreement with the former here is 700 words on How parenting and managing inform each other.

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North Platte, Nebraska

25 May

 

Monday is Memorial Day.  Please take a few minutes to watch this video, it will touch your heart.

 North Platte, Nebraska

Decision Making For Managers

7 May

 

 

Recently the Wall Street Journal had an interesting article on managerial decision-making. Unfortunately the title was so misleading that you may not have read it. Four quite good ideas:

 

  1. Want innovation? Be wary of deadlines
  2. Big unknowns lead to bad choices
  3. Good thinkers look past facts
  4. Leaders should stay positive

 

The last two of the above are about the power of intuition (aka emotion) in decision-making and leadership.

 

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Three Rules for Leaders

26 Mar

A Fast Company conversation with Anne Sweeney and Ken Robinson explores each one’s set of three rules for being a great leader.

 

Anne Sweeney’s 3 Rules for Being a Great Leader:

1. Show up”Walk around the halls. Eat in the cafeteria. When you show up, it means you are paying attention. It means you want to make sure people know how their world connects to the bigger whole.”

2. Hold everyone accountable for each other”We are stapled together. We live and die by each other’s successes and failures.”

3. Communicate as a person, not simply as a boss”Have a conversation. Don’t have it be a reporting relationship.”

Sir Ken Robinson’s 3 Rules for Being a Great Leader

1. Adopt a growth mind-set”If you’re always thinking about possibility, you’ll find it. You’ll keep creating the future.”

2. Create your own life

“The ‘element’ is where natural aptitude meets personal passion. It’s great if you’re in your element at work, because you get energy from that. But for people who aren’t, finding this elsewhere is important.”

3. Unlock others

“People get locked into their job descriptions. If you create a culture where they feel encouraged to unleash their various talents, they’re more engaged.

 

 

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Ten Tips for Execs

26 Feb

A recent article in the WSJ suggested a self-test for executives.  Consider these suggestions and think about how they apply to managers:

  1. The less you confide in others the better it will go for you.
  2. Be sure to manage down.
  3. Leadership is a full-time job and the duty clock is never off.
  4. Keep listening to and for advice.
  5. The wisecrack you believe is witty is often not.
  6. The important thing is to be sure the important thing remains the important thing.
  7. Never complain, never explain, no one listens. Take the blame.
  8. Trust your professional advisors and accept their advice. Make decisions and move on.
  9. Be careful about the use of the work average – one can drown in a river with an average depth of 6 inches.
  10.  Never do anything that you would be unhappy to see on a newspaper front page.

 

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Mary Poppins On….

22 Jan

 

 

Leadership, management and personal competence. At Christmastime, Disney Studios released a charming movie titled “Saving Mr. Banks.” The plot of this movie is the culmination of Walt Disney’s 20-year quest to obtain the movie rights to “Mary Poppins” from P.L. Travers. The product of this plot is one fine movie, if you’re a Mary Poppins fan.  The story is a great metaphor, particularly for personal competence.  For more go to Mary Poppins On….

for a charming 3 minute video see Mary Poppins #1.

 

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Parenting and Managing

17 Dec

Occasionally in a management development meeting someone will ask “What’s the difference between managing and parenting.  Pausing for dramatic effect I will answer children are shorter.  For an overall treatment of this issue go to How Parenting and Managing Inform One Another in the Corridor Business Journal.

For those of you who would like some more specific advice the WSJ had an excellent in-depth article about what works and doesn’t work in parenting of children.  Of course if you have not socialized your children by the time they reach the teen years, good luck.

Smarter Ways To Discipline Children

 

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