This article sees the completion of four years of blogging on this site and this is the 112th article. There is a wide range of material available across the site.
Use our search facility for any keywords you wish, to find a relevant resource.
Key themes we have highlighted over the years include:
• Don’t do it to people: understand the system of work first
• Don’t chase things that don’t
exist (like supposed trends in data)
• Build knowledge, not opinion
• Don’t rely on top down change
• Change can be quick & painless at the right point of intervention
• Leadership is about followers more
than about the leader
• Decision making can involve people in many different ways
• Teamwork is about Purpose, Goals & Process more than about Behaviour
Some key searches which may be of interest include:
Team; Improvement; Leadership; Motivation
Key source articles include those by:
Deming; Herrero; Seddon; Senge; Covey; Scholtes
I recently, but fleetingly heard a joke made by the late, great British comedian Tony Hancock who, to broadly paraphrase his line, stated: “The most important thing that an audience wants from an artist is sincerity, so if you can fake that, your made!”
Sometimes leaders can be tempted to think that sincerity and its bigger sibling, integrity are something that you can manufacture. Nothing could be further from the truth – the unassailable truism of Hancock’s joke is that if you manufacture sincerity (or integrity) you have by definition destroyed it – and everything that goes with it – credibility, trust, partnership, commitment…the list goes on.
There are no quick fixes to building integrity – it starts from within oneself and is expressed in what you say and what you do. It affects your interactions with others. It can be difficult and requires commitment. It is repeated every day and is self-reinforcing. You cannot paste it onto the outside like wallpaper!
Coppin, A. and Barratt, J. (2002) Timeless Management, Palgrave MacMillan, NY.
Covey, S. (1989) 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Simon & Shuster, New York, NY.