Thoughts for the Day

management qualities-economists views

judgement

initiative

integrity

foresight

energy

drive

human relations

skill

decisiveness

dependability

emotional stability

fairness

ambition

dedication

objectivity

cooperation

-Fortune magazine 1958

 

Greed

A surfeit of greed will lead to excessive risk taking with the inevitable correction being proportionately painful. The higher you go without weighing up how greedy you have become will mean the inevitable drop will be disastrous because you haven’t risk managed your parachute.

Virtue

The ability to recognise and act in accordance with the spirit  not the letter of the law.

You need to know the greater good, do the good and deliver the goods.

Change

You are capable of changing. You change your underwear, hairstyle, partner, job because you want to.

When other people want you to change, review your capabilities to change. If you don’t want to go along with the change then remove yourself from that environment.

If you do accept the change then embrace it.

Resisting change because you don’t accept it is purely selfish and you should spend your time elsewhere and not block other people’s progress or willingness to change.

Resistance to change is a huge drain on your emotional and physical energies. Go somewhere where you are more comfortable and your energy is projected onto positive change rather than obstruction.

Urgency

Remove complacency from your life.

After discussions or meetings demonstrate Urgency, say to everyone as a result of this meeting my behavior will change in the next week and I will achieve this result. What are you going to do to help me and yourself?

Leadership

Ensure the right direction is clearly communicated.

Ensure the right resources are in place, including the right people.

Ensure that everybody, including you, behaves in a manner consistent with the above.

See Consistency.

Zeitgeist

Good German word which involves developing an awareness of what other people are doing. It resonates with Emotional Intelligence and you should always have a regard for the prevailing ‘world view’ or zeitgeist when making decisions as quite often they are more successful when you consider other people’s views and the prevailing mentality.

Mission creep

We have all done it and seen it done. Make sure you stay on your mission by constantly reviewing the objectives. If your objectives move then your behaviour needs to alter to acheive different goals.

Quality

Spend as much as you can on quality, either for people who work for you, items of plant and machinery, pens/pencils, whatever. Do not allow standards to drop for the sake of a few pennies.

A quality environment influences:

a) the way you work
b) the way others perceive you and more importantly the standards that you require of them

Control

Yes we all like to be in Control, but be realistic. Control what you can, be the focus of everyone’s attention, but don’t be a control freak.

Think, feel and behave as if you are in control of yourself and other people/events and you will be.

Don’t blame luck, other people or external forces for your lack of control. Live in the moment and enjoy the sense of control this brings.

Dont lose control and drift, take responsibility for your actions and remain calm and controlled.

Whenever possible, remember, too much control stunts personal (and other people’s) development.