Recently I was speaking with a member of my Board of Directors about a sales challenge he was having.
When he managed the sales team, they performed well, then he hired a general manager who was supposed to run the team and sales plummeted and the culture of the team became one of entitlement.
Diving in to the issue it was clear that the general manager is a ‘nice’ leader.
What do I mean by this?
‘Nice’ leaders are liked by everyone because they avoid the tough conversations and let people pretty much do what they like. But they aren’t respected. They don’t get results.
‘Fierce’ leaders, on the other hand, are cruel to people and get things done by brute force. They burn team members and don’t instil the right behaviours when they aren’t looking.
‘Bold’ leaders practice courage and compassion. They say what must be said and they do it in a way that respects the person.
If you have ‘nice’ managers or ‘fierce’ managers, then I would wager a lot that you are going to be constantly dealing with people and performance issues. If you’re putting up with them then you are the main problem because you are being ‘nice’.
If you are committed to exceptional results in your business this year, then perhaps it’s time to be bold and to create the team that you need.
You will get the results you deserve, either way.
When we want something, we are taught to visualise that thing, to focus on that image, until we have it.
There’s almost never a completely clean run.
Sometimes wonderful things take you by surprise, they open a new door.
Have you ever moved into a new house and seen something that needed fixing and thought “I’ll get on to that soon”?
Humans are tribal.
As humans we have an insatiable desire to explain untoward events so we can get on with solutions.
In any field, most of the rewards go to the top 5% of people.
I say please to Siri.
If a turkey were to assess the state of the world in early December, they would be forgiven for thinking all is well and that the farmer loves them.
We often compare today’s performance relative to yesterdays.