letter to a new manager

10 Good Reasons to Curb Your Perfectionism | Bonnie St. John

In busyness, career, Flexibility, mindset, perfectionism, risk-taking, strategic thinking, stress on October 28, 2014 at 8:43 pm

This is another excellent article – worth the whole read especially for female leaders.

Top ten reasons:

1. It drives away good people.

2. It causes pain to those you manage.

“Even if they don’t quit working for you, your perfectionism can cause others on your team to put in unnecessary hours, suffer from constant criticism and actually stop taking initiative.”

3. It blocks promotability.

4. It prevents risk-taking.

5. It stops people from applying for new jobs.

6. It impedes innovation.

7. It makes work-life balance impossible.

8. It crowds out networking:

“Too many of the women we coach have to learn to lift up their heads from task completion to look around, build relationships and study their business beyond their own purview. We, as women, tend to criticize men for golfing, drinking together or taking long lunches while we slave away at our desks. Networking is crucial for building trust, strengthening teams and preparing yourself for the next levels of your career.”

9. Makes you seem overly tactical (and not strategic).

“No one will think you can see the big picture or set priorities when you seem focused on the minutia. Being able to let go of your perfectionist tendencies may help you to win more strategic projects.”

10. Takes the focus off the most important things.

via 10 Good Reasons to Curb Your Perfectionism | Bonnie St. John.

If your employees are idiots, you’re the one to blame

In anger and leadership, career, Communication, emotional intelligence, empathy, failure, feedback on October 22, 2014 at 10:37 am

letter to a new manager:

This is a fantastic article – I couldn’t say it better myself. The only thing that I would add is the reminder of how awful it feels when you know you are not performing well at your job and how much worse that it will feel if you feel that you have been “written off” in the work world.

Originally posted on LeadToday:

During workshops and talks I’m often asked about what to do when you’ve hired someone who just isn’t measuring up.

Sometimes people actually tell me the person they hired is an idiot.

I tell people don’t be so hard on yourself. They get a bit of a surprised look on their face because they didn’t intend to be hard on themselves. They intended to point out that in their wisdom they, apparently for some reason, purposefully hired an idiot.

The first problem of course is thinking that one of your people is an idiot. Once one of your people knows your low opinion of them they are unlikely to exceed your low expectations. Never ask or expect less from your people than you need or want them to deliver.

I believe that leadership comes with certain responsibilities. If you actually have the audacity and courage to accept the mantle of…

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How to give your boss negative feedback and not get fired |

In Communication, feedback, upward feedback on October 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm

How to give your boss negative feedback and not get fired |.

Some good bits of advice here including:

- choose your battles wisely

- bear in mind that there are things that neither you or your boss has control over that affect the work environment

- avoid being negative/try to bring solutions

And if you need a refresher on the “why bother” element of giving your boss feedback, you can check out this piece that I wrote a while back.




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