Book Review: Lead Well and Prosper
post # 442 — October 4, 2007 — a Managing post
Nick McCormick has written a slim, large-type paperback book (with cartoons) called â€œLead Well and Prosper.â€
His 15 chapter headings are:
- Adopt a Serving Attitude
- Provide Honest and Timely Feedback
- Share Information
- Treat People Like Human Beings
- Set Goals, Plan and Execute
- Do the Right Thing
- Embrace the Uncomfortable
- Clean Up Your Own House First
- Do what You Say Youâ€™ll Do
- Always Follow Up
- Plan your Week
Thatâ€™s a pretty good summary checklist for any manager!
Which of these would everyone say tends to be done best? Which are usually least well done?
One of the oddest things I have encountered in my young career is the overwhelming fear to “Embrace the Uncomfortable” or as Jim Collins might put it, “Confront the Brutal Facts”. The “uncomfortable” can manifest itself in many ways:
I am sure you could all list thousands more but the reality is that managers, and people for that matter, have a hard time being out of their comfort zone. I believe this has it’s roots in our need to feel like we are in control. If we are uncomfortable we are not in control, and when we are not in control we feel vulnerable. Vulnerability is not seen as a positive in the professional setting (maybe it should be).
All and all, I think we are better employees, managers and service providers when we allow ourselves to embrace the uncomfortable situations, whatever they may be. We become transparent when we are vulnerable and in many ways we show our true colors.
posted on October 4, 2007