She did WHAT?!?! Dealing with differences of opinion in the office.

Welcome to 2011!! I know, I know I’m a wee bit late. The year’s had an interesting start so forgive me.

Anyway, the reason for this post is simple. A young colleague of mine started her own business late 2010 & did SO well she was able to hire an assistant! I helped her select the person she hired & gave her 1 key piece of advice on her new assistant’s 1st day: You are going to give him instructions on how you want something done & he’s NOT going to do exactly as you instructed because he will feel like he can do it BETTER.

Once she finished with the “Humanist Exec says WHAT? ” denial takes, I explained to her why I did NOT see this as as big an issue as you might think.

Having hired probably 450+ personnel in my career & supervising up to 200 on any given day, the one thing that must remain true is that you treat your team as the intelligent individuals you know them to be. They’re going to have ideas about how things should be done & even how things could be done BETTER. You hired them for their talents, the value you felt they could add your company, & the unique brilliance you saw in there somewhere. So let them SHINE. Listen to their thoughts & suggestions. Openly solicit their input. Not only will you reap huge benefits, you will also help them in their own career-based growth.

Now granted you may NOT always implement their ideas or agree with their opinions on how things should be done, and THAT’S OK.

This is Joyll, The Humanist Exec.
Have a fantastically wonderful day!

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We all have followers but are we all cut out to be leaders?

A quote from a friend whom I greatly admire that he posted on twitter today reads:

“No shortage of people who claim to be leaders, or people with titles of leadership. What is missing is the actual behavior of leadership.” Joe Gerstandt

Ironically this is exactly why I am discussing this today. There are so many that taught about wanting to lead but when then get in positions of leadership do they really understand what it takes to lead? Do they really understand the tough decisions that they are going to have to make in difficult times that may affect get the livelihood of many or even just a few? Do they understand that they are going too have to make choices that may make them unpopular? Do they understand the very long hours most leaders have to put in in order for the company to have a certain level of success? And more importantly can they even begin to grasp the idea that when something does not go according to plan, that not only is everyone going to blame you, but they are also going to look to you to FIX IT AND FAST?

There are certain traits that every true leader must and WILL posses. But thats NOT what this column is about.

Again, the basic question I’m compelled to ask, is simple, we all have followers BUT are we ALL cut out to be leaders?

The answer, just MIGHT surprise you.

This is Joyll Cambridge, The Humanist Exec.
Have a fantastically wonderful day!

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