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Why Don't People Change?

Why Don't People Change? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Isaac Newton was able to come up with some incredible advancements in the world of mathematics and science during his day.  Some of those advancements were:

 

Newton’s Three Laws of Motion

The development of the infinitesimal calculus

The discovery of refraction of light

Newton’s Laws of Universal Gravitation

 

Do you think Newton came up with all these discoveries on his own?  Did he have any information or knowledge to start from?  Newton was quoted as saying,

 

"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

(Isaac Newton, Letter to Robert Hooke, February 5, 1675)

 

As a leader in math and science, Newton understood the importance of learning from others. 

 

He took the knowledge he received from others and improved on it to make things better.  He constantly studied the practices of previous scientists and mathematicians so he could come up with new discoveries.

 

So how does Isaac Newton’s work apply to leadership? 

 

In order for Newton to be successful, he had to constantly change the way he thought about things. 

 

He had to change his problem solving approach to advance science and math into what it is today.  Had he been stuck doing things how everyone before him had done, he would not have made his discoveries.

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4 Tips to Successful Delegating

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As a small business owner, time is your most valuable asset. Make the best use of it and delegate these four things.

 

When I started my private nutrition practice in 1999, I immersed myself with getting new clients. I had to–I couldn't pay the rent otherwise. Within eight months, I filled the practice to capacity. I then realized that I could provide more value teaching business owners how to attract clients. With that, my Client Attraction System was born, one of the main tenets of which is: the best way to bring in new business is to delegate some of the things that you’re doing right now.

 

I can hear your protests as you’re probably like me, who has an Inner Control Freak that wants to control everything. This may have been essential when starting your business, but it can get in the way as your business matures.

 

Here are my top four tips of what to delegate now:...

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Misconduct on the Rise

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Retractions of scientific studies due to plagiarism, falsification, and other instances of researchers behaving badly have skyrocketed in the past decade.

 

Research misconduct and the fallout from such behavior is increasingly common, according to a new report compiled by a company that makes software to detect plagiarism in submitted scientific manuscripts. The makers of iThenticate—software that combs a database, called CrossCheck, with more than 25 million published articles—published the report, which collates previously published research on misconduct and plagiarism, and sprinkles in a few iThenticate customer testimonials.

 

A couple of years ago, iThenticate helped determine that plagiarism was a far more common occurrence in the scientific literature than anyone expected, and the new report confirms that finding with some standout figures: retractions have increased tenfold over the past decade, 1 in 3 scientists admits to questionable research practices, and $110 million was spent on misconduct investigations in the United States in 2010.

 

But beyond the regurgitated factoids, iThenticate’s own data is a striking illustration of how common plagiarism may be in the scientific community. The report claims that iThenticate identified more than 10 million content “matches” to already-published work in manuscripts submitted in 2011 and 2012.

 

The folks at iThenticate worked up a little infographic containing most of the information. (see article)


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Five Ways for Leaders to Disconnect and Lead Better

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When was the last time you went to a meeting and found people focused entirely on the topic at hand – with no one ever holding or using their phone to check their email?

 

In the leadership workshops I lead, I challenge people to put their phones down between the breaks. And while these breaks are just 1 hour apart, many people can’t keep the phone in their purse or on the table; they seem compelled to take a quick peek, checking their texts and emails.

 

Just in case you are thinking that I am this older guy, not interested in technology, let me prove otherwise. I have a smart phone that I love, use twitter regularly, maintain a relatively active Facebook presence, send and receive more emails than I can count, and use text messaging, too. I love technology, and I appreciate the ways that technology can improve and extend our communication options.

 

These technologies and more like them (IM and Foursquare come immediately to mind) can aid our productivity, especially when we work away from the office or have a virtual team.

 

And, like in many other areas of life, too much of a good thing isn’t necessarily so good.

 

What problems does technology cause for all of us as professionals and especially for us as leaders?

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Lessons on teamwork from really bad team members

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Some employees have no idea how to collaborate or communicate effectively, and they offer poignant lessons on teamwork and leadership.

 

The best managers understand that effective leaders are also solid team players. The workplace is filled with capable teammates — even some who take initiative, overdeliver and inspire colleagues.

 

Unfortunately, there’s also the occasional employee who has no idea how to collaborate or communicate effectively. Such poor performers aren’t entirely useless, though. They offer some of the most poignant lessons on teamwork and leadership.

 

Here are seven things failing team members do — and what you can learn from them...

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Your New Ally: Four Steps to Constructive Conflict

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Whilst conflict can be used to effect positive outcomes, it can also be destructive and a total waste of time, especially if the conflict itself is not managed constructively.

 

Workplace conflict, can only be constructive where the parties to any conflict have the skills to effectively deal with each other, in situations where conflict often prevails.

 

This excellent and comprehensive article, identifies the powder that ignites workplace conflict, and it suggests a four step process to make conflicts constructive.


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A Manifesto for making Leadership Real Again

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The Leadership Model is Broken.

 

What has happened to leadership? With all the crises and challenges we face, and the increasingly risk-averse environment in which we operate, leadership has become generic, ephemeral, and bland.

 

We have devolved from leaders into managers. Admiral Grace Murray Hopper said it best, “you manage things, but you lead people.”

 

The problem is we’re no longer leading. We’re hiding behind committees. We’re using the crutches of data and metrics to make our decisions for us. We blame policies and corporate culture for the problems our teams face rather than delivering the tough messages with a sense of ownership.

 

The result of all of this is our people don’t trust us anymore. Work has become transactional. They do the work and we pay them. It’s a fee-for-service mindset. When they find someone who will pay them more for their services, they’re gone. And when we no longer have need of their services, we simply cast those people aside. It’s a toxic environment. It’s hard for people to trust their leaders when they feel like they’re simply a cog in the machine.

 

We are Broken as Leaders.

 

Raise your hand if you’re burned out. Step forward if you’re worried about your own uncertain future. Shout if you’re feeling a little lost and unclear about where your career is headed. Stand up if you feel like your life is out of balance and you’re running out of steam. Now look around you and take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone.

 

The world has become hypercompetitive and change moves at a dizzying rate.

 

More and more is demanded of us each day. In our “high performance cultures” it sometimes feels like a contest of who can burn themselves out the fastest.

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The 140-Character Mission Statement

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The business planning process doesn’t have to be complicated. In this excerpt from his new book, The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau explains how to define a mission statement in 140 characters or less.

 

I have been reading Chris Guillebeau’s awesome new book, The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future. It is the most stimulating business book I have read since The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss.

 

The book is not only practical, it is extremely inspirational. It’s for those who want to escape from corporate life, build something of their own to support their families, or just find a way to make more money.

 

I especially enjoyed his section on defining your mission statement. This nicely compliments Chapter 11 of my new book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, where I talk about how to create an elevator pitch.

 

Here’s what Chris says:...

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Addressing the Elephant in the Room

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Years ago I was serving on a team where there was a consistent idea killer. Whenever anyone on the team presented an idea, regardless of the idea’s merit, this person would shoot it down. It was annoying, but was allowed to continue by leadership.

 

Everyone talked about it outside of the meetings, no one respected the idea killer, and even the leader admitted it was a problem for the team, but he insisted he had counseled with this person privately, and it never seemed to improve.


It led me to the conclusion:


Sometimes as a leader you have to address the “elephant in the room”…in the room.
Everyone knows it’s there.


You can’t miss an elephant.


It keeps being repeated.


You’ve handled it individually.


Nothing has changed.


It may even be getting worse.


At some point, the leaders may have to address the elephant in the room.


You can’t ignore the elephant.


While everyone is in the room, address the elephant.

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7 Lessons the Tango Teaches About Being a Great Follower

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7 Lessons the Tango Teaches About Being a Great Follower...

 

Let’s face it, when you live, work, write and dream leadership it can be very difficult to be a great follower. But even those of us who have a passion for leadership (I believe that includes all of you, my dear readers!) know there are times when we are simply meant to follow.

 

Enter the Tango. And the Rumba, Salsa, Hustle, Waltz and Fox Trot. Up until a few weeks ago my only exposure to them had been the Mario Lopez season of Dancing With the Stars. But, having spent the better part of my childhood and High School years dancing and performing on football fields and basketball courts, I decided it was time to bring dance back into my life.

 

I feel like my soul has begun to fly. Truly.


But you want to know the first thing I told my amazing instructor, Joel (who is half Puerto Rican and looks a bit like Mario Lopez)? “You have to teach me to be a great follower, because my inner self always wants to lead.” His response? “You asked for it.”

 

Hence, the 7 things the Tango, and Joel, have taught me about being a great follower:

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Fighting Self-Delusion in Leadership

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“In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future.”—Eric Hoffe


People who become executives begin their careers as functional or technical specialists. A specialty is the basis on which to grow new, diverse expertise and ultimately either choose to stay on the specialist ladder or move to management.

 

As a person moves from first time manager, to managing others, to managing groups, to managing an organization; work continuously broadens, organizational dynamics and politics become increasingly complex and require an evolving set of priorities.

 

A leader’s awareness and their speed of adaptation in a new role influence the organizational culture, employee engagement, client loyalty and financial results.

 

The keys to a leader’s success?

 

Knowing yourself; assessing preparedness and requirements of work, being clear about internal and external measures of success, being honest with oneself about personal readiness, ways to maintain resilience and creating trusted connections with others.

 

Mentors and role models all serve to give feedback, provide perspective and increase awareness. They can be our trusted advisors and the ones who we can rely on to tell us the truth. They can become the accelerator of a leader’s success.

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Character and Conscience in Leadership

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We talk much here about character-based leadership. Our definition for character-based leadership is leading from who you are rather than your power or position. Often, people ask if we have some religious slant on character. We do not. People sometimes check to see if we’re going to be “character-cops” – making lists and judging whether or not someone acts with character. Hang around a while and you’ll see we don’t want to “police” character in anyone but ourselves.

 

But often, the lower, softer side of who we are would prefer not to be challenged. Our lazy side would prefer to be left alone. We don’t want to get out of bed early to exercise. We can find any excuse in the world to avoid challenges from either outsides ourselves or inside.

 

On our inside, in our character, there is this faculty, a feature, built into us that calls us to be our highest self. It calls us to be our best us. That’s our conscience.

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Coaching: Empowering the entire workforce

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Steve Fiehl argues coaching should now be an option for all members of staff, not just a select few.

 

Coaching has traditionally been reserved for the elite. Whether it is destined for a few cherry-picked ‘high potentials' or company leaders across the business, the cost is high and the results often intangible. In times of crises of course the world needs strong, inspirational leaders. But in the 21st century, it is extraordinary to think that any organisation that recognises the value of its staff and intends to keep its people motivated, would attempt to justify extravagant spending on a privileged few at the expense of the rest.

 

In a 2.0 era, when information is democratised and where employees are increasingly demanded to be more and more self-starting and autonomous, empowering the entire workforce with training seems only natural.

 

Reserving a large chunk of the training budget for the elite doesn't work for modern business models.

 

Organisations are no longer pyramid shaped, change now comes from the bottom up (via social networks and internal communities). Traditional hierarchy is fading in to the past to make way for companies which are able to adapt and respond quickly to increasingly competitive market demands.

 

The frontline of the business is no longer at the top, it is spread far more equally across the organisation and each individual employee must become more responsible, and play their unique and critical role in the business.

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10 Life Lessons to Learn from The Lion King

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The Lion King is worth watching for more than once and has many life lessons to learn from. Here are 10 that I felt are worth sharing with you.

 

The Lion King is a moving story of a circle of life that portrays a lion cub’s journey to adulthood and royal throne.

 

Simba, the son of a powerful King Mufasa, grows up in a very caring family and a protected environment. He is an honored prince who is far from danger. His happy days turn into tragedy when his cunning and evil uncle Scar murders Mufasa and influences Simba to run away from the kingdom. Simba lands in a jungle where he learns to live a carefree life with friends Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the meerkat.

 

The story rolls on for some time and takes a turn the day his father’s spirit visits him and asks him to go back and defeat the wicked Scar to repossess his Rightful Throne.

 

The movie is worth watching for more than once and has many life lessons to learn from. Here are 10 that I felt are worth sharing:...


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Why It's So Hard to Change

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You may be strengthening the very thinking and behaviors you want to change. You may not know how to change your internal programming. You can trust in the power of your brain to make sustainable changes in your life.

 

Have you ever wondered why it’s so difficult to change your thinking and the behaviors that no longer serve you? How many times have you made “New Year’s resolutions” and weeks later experienced frustration, guilt and a sense of failure?

 

Everyone’s life consists of a blend of positive and negative programming that defines quality-of-life. You are a product of childhood encoding, education, relationships, social programming and your tapestry of life experiences. Your brain takes in and processes sensory information; it continuously interprets, filters and associates emotions and value with what you are experiencing. Your memory is your internal GPS to make sense of and navigate life.

 

Values, experiences, likes and dislikes, opinions, knowledge, passions and emotional trigger points make everyone different and unique. This is called neurodiversity. The vast and infinite array of neurodiversity is a challenge to understand and manage on an individual level. The challenge increases exponentially when people live, interact and work with one another.

 

There are three fundamental reasons why it may be difficult for you to make lasting changes in your life:...


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Intelligence Is Overrated: What You Really Need To Succeed

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Albert Einstein’s was estimated at 160, Madonna’s is 140, and John F. Kennedy’s was only 119, but as it turns out, your IQ score pales in comparison with your EQ, MQ, and BQ scores when it comes to predicting your success and professional achievement.

 

IQ tests are used as an indicator of logical reasoning ability and technical intelligence. A high IQ is often a prerequisite for rising to the top ranks of business today. It is necessary, but it is not adequate to predict executive competence and corporate success. By itself, a high IQ does not guarantee that you will stand out and rise above everyone else.

 

Research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology shows that 85 percent of your financial success is due to skills in “human engineering,” your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead.

 

Shockingly, only 15 percent is due to technical knowledge. Additionally, Nobel Prize winning Israeli-American psychologist, Daniel Kahneman, found that people would rather do business with a person they like and trust rather than someone they don’t, even if the likeable person is offering a lower quality product or service at a higher price.


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The Cure for Information Overload

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Stop dreading your inbox and conquer information overload.

 

If you haven’t developed a case of digital fatigue yet, chances are you will soon.

The problem, explains information guru Mark Hurst, author of Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload, is that we lack good solutions to the digital overload.

 

His book—available as a download from iTunes and on Kindle—is a mother lode of methods for clearing out data clutter.

 

Here are some of the biggest challenges and Hurst’s tips for dealing with them:...

 


 

 

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6 Ways Envy Destroys Career Advancement

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Stop comparing yourself to others. This is why most people never get ahead in their careers.

 

Stop comparing yourself to others.  

 

This is why most people never get ahead in their careers.  They waste valuable time trying to be what they are not – rather than valuing who they naturally are and building upon their own foundation of skills and knowledge for growth.

 

 People that advance in their careers focus less on what others say about them and more on how their creativity, competencies and leadership skills can add-value to the organization they serve.   Envy is a dangerous but natural emotion that we are faced with each day.  You can’t avoid it, but you can certainly contain it. 

 

Unfortunately, I have seen too many people ruin their careers (let alone their lives) because they felt so much pressure to be like those in their organizations that were trying to get promoted and noticed.  

 

The most effective and sustainable way to advance in your career is to be yourself.  This requires you to know who you are, what you stand for and how to enable your talent.  

 

Mentors and bosses can guide you, but in the end you must be your own manager and this means taking control of your career.   Envy destroys career advancement and if you are not careful you can become a victim of this dangerous mind-game that we play with ourselves.

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From Cubicles, Cry for Quiet Pierces Office Buzz

From Cubicles, Cry for Quiet Pierces Office Buzz | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Research shows that more than half of office workers are dissatisfied with the level of “speech privacy” in their offices, and managers are hearing their complaints.

 

The walls have come tumbling down in offices everywhere, but the cubicle dwellers keep putting up new ones. They barricade themselves behind file cabinets. They fortify their partitions with towers of books and papers. Or they follow an “evolving law of technology etiquette,” as articulated by Raj Udeshi at the open office he shares with fellow software entrepreneurs in downtown Manhattan.

 

“Headphones are the new wall,” he said, pointing to the covered ears of his neighbors.

Cubicle culture is already something of a punch line — how many ways can we find to annoy one another all day? — but lately the complaints are being heard by the right people, including managers and social scientists. Companies are redesigning offices, piping in special background noise to improve the acoustics and bringing in engineers to solve volume issues. “Sound masking” has become a buzz phrase.

 

Scientists, for their part, are measuring the unhappiness and the lower productivity of distracted workers. After surveying 65,000 people over the past decade in North America, Europe, Africa and Australia, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, report that more than half of office workers are dissatisfied with the level of “speech privacy,” making it the leading complaint in offices everywhere.

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The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership

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Gary Burnison considers leadership to be a privilege. Most people like the idea of leadership but few count the cost. He says, “To lead is to be all in, transparent and accessible, calm in the face of upset and even crisis, and always mindful that you are a steward of something bigger than yourself.” That’s not easy. To whom much is given much is required. That’s the part that easily trips us up.

 

His book, The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership offers insight from his lifetime in leadership, interacting with some of the world's top leaders in the C-suite and boardrooms, as well as heads of state.

 

He offers a framework based on fundamental human truths and the essential elements of leadership. The “Absolutes” are building blocks that must be present regardless of your leadership style or approach.

 

Here are the 12 Absolutes with Burnison’s thoughts on each:...


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Secrets to Getting Great Advice

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Some tell you what you want to hear others tell you what they need to say. How can you dig through a cacophony of voices and find great advice? Honest, trustworthy, insightful advice comes hard.

 

Which advisor:


Options or insights matter. When you’re seeking options go to someone who’s been there. When you need insight go to someone who sees.

 

Options come from those who listen and make suggestions. Insights come from those who listen and say it back in new ways.

 

Experience matters more when you’re seeking options. Curiosity matters more when you need insights.

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On Leadership, Being Right or Just Making it Right

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It took me a couple of years of being a leader to get to the point of maturity where I could readily admit this humble truth about “being right”

 

It just doesn’t matter who is right (my company or the customer).

 

On Being Right

 

To get to this point, I had to ask myself:

 

Was it really worth it to me (and my company) to be right? Was it worth it to lose a customer over a seemingly insignificant amount of money, just so I could be right?

The answer was a resounding, “NO!”

 

Now, one of the coolest questions that I get to ask our unhappy customers is this:

 

What can we do to make this right in your mind?

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The 8 Things You Do Wrong On LinkedIn - Forbes

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If you have a profile on LinkedIn already, kudos! But this isn’t really about that. You should have already created one of those years ago. If you haven’t, you should Google around for some tips and tricks for building a great page. Then circle back over here.

 

This is about using your profile correctly — and to your advantage. Because in the corporate world, people read into things. Including the things you’re doing on sites like these. So here are the top eight things you might be doing wrong on LinkedIn.


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Three simple steps for staying focused and getting things done

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How to use three simple steps to complete your tasks and projects.

 

There are many things I want to do and I’ve been known to multitask (as recently as last week!). When time seems elusive, it can be easy to get caught in the trap of doing too many things at once.

 

Fortunately, I have a simple, three step process that helps me focus on one thing at a time and to be more realistic about how much I can actually accomplish.

 

Here it is:

 

1. Write a short, specific list


2. Create a realistic and reasonable plan


3. Select a reward

 

One of the reasons this process works for me is because I enjoy writing to-do lists, and I usually get more done when I hand write them. I like apps like Toodledo (especially since I can set reminders), but I love crossing tasks off on a paper list. Like Erin, sometimes I put things I’ve already done on my list just so I can put a line through them.

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The First Rule Of Leadership

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During the past week and a half my family and I were on a road trip. Whenever we go on road trips my daughter likes to watch movies on the computer while we drive to pass the time. Today, she watched A Bug’s Life.

 

While she was watching it, there was a line that stuck out to me. There was a point when Flik made a mistake and spilled all the food into the water. Hopper got really mad and went straight to Princess Atta. He began asking Princess Atta what had happened and why the error occurred. Princess Atta claimed she didn’t know what had happened and that it wasn’t her fault. To that Hopper replied, “The first rule of leadership – It’s always your fault!” This is very true!

 

There are three things a leader should do to be able to take the blame.


Leaders should know what’s going on.


As the leader, you should know what your projects your employees are working on. You should know what their responsibilities are and how well they are keeping up on their projects. You should also know their workload and understand when they are getting overloaded.

 

It can be a challenge, but as the leader you should be in constant communication with your employees to stay on top of things.

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