A recent incident in my company reminded of a really important maxim for effectively managing people; be hard on the problem, not on the person. If you have the right people getting hard on the problem it can help drive the desired behaviour that you want and need.
But getting hard on the people can be demoralising and in fact drive behaviours you don’t want.
Getting hard on the person, making it personal, can feel like an attack, and no one likes that.
Getting hard on the problem, while showing you believe in the person, allows the person to step up and be great.
Sometimes leadership is about creating a vision and bringing people along.
To love and be loved. Isn’t that all there really is?
Almost everyone I know who has achieved greatness in something, be that business, sports, the arts, they all began their journey to escape something.
There’s a lot of talk now about hiring people for attitude rather than skills.
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.