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  • Michael shared from The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business (J-B Lencioni Series) by Patrick M. Lencioni
    Overcoming the tendency to run from discomfort is one of the most important requirements for any leadership team—in fact, for any leader. Every endeavor of importance in life, whether it is creative, athletic, interpersonal, or academic, brings with it a measure of discomfort, calling to mind the old saying, “No pain, no gain.”
    Note: Want to grow or lead? Get used to being uncomfortable.
  • Michael shared from The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business (J-B Lencioni Series) by Patrick M. Lencioni
    After two decades of working with CEOs and their teams of senior executives, I’ve become absolutely convinced that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre or unsuccessful ones has little, if anything, to do with what they know or how smart they are; it has everything to do with how healthy they are.
    Note: What should your organization be doing right now to get better?
  • Michael shared from The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work by Scott Berkun
    The most dangerous tradition we hold about work is that it must be serious and meaningless. We believe that we're paid money to compensate us for work not worthwhile on its own. People who are paid the most are often the most confused, for they know in their hearts how little meaning there is in what they do, for others and for themselves. While money provides status, status doesn't guarantee meaning.
    Note: A truth about work, money, and meaning.
  • Michael shared from The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work by Scott Berkun
    In any organization, large projects require leverage, but few employees have any. People who have grand ideas but little influence wonder why no one supports them. They think the lack of support is a judgment on their ideas rather than the politics of authority. Ideas are evaluated differently depending on the mouth they come out of.
    Note: What (or who) does it take to get something done in your org?
  • Michael shared from The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work by Scott Berkun
    The only honest test of the value of any management activity is to run projects without some of them and observe how well people perform with a lighter touch. It's a test few leaders have the courage to take. The worry among managers is that this test would reveal that quality improves when they do less managing. It might just turn out that an executive whose division always demands eighty-hour workweeks might really just need a manager who knows how to hire well, put a few healthy frictions in place, and get out of the way.
    Note: Interesting test to see if you're a good manager #fb
(Lincoln, IL)
Michael Gowin