Micromanagers don’t trust others. Simple. “They’re typically narcissistic, two-faced, egomaniacal and controlling” buffoons (Umoh, 2018).
Micromanagers fail to empower others. They drown independence, interdependence, and autonomy due to their own insecurities. They can’t influence followers.
This piece expands on the series of questions raised in the article: “The Difference Between Toxic Micromanagers and Leaders.”
Are you a micromanager?
A former colleague described our previous manager in a few words: “Do as I say not as I do.” He was partly-right because the level of control, depravity, and vicious intent could not be conveyed in just eight words.
Most people in the corporate community, aka “white-collar workers” strive for a corner office. A tangible rectangular footprint that signifies social status for many. It massages the ego.
Why? You tell me.
Drop some people into an open plan office and suddenly desk dividers appear, or stacks of paper to replicate walls. Remove the paper stacks or dividers, then the canteen or hallways become home.
We all need our own space, but we also need each other.
People are different. …
For those interested, I invite you to write a piece on a key topic — 3BL. If this grabs your attention then a selection of researched articles to reinforce your point of view is most welcome.
The piece below might get your creative juices flowing.
Are you ready to share a topical issue from your part of the world?
Corporate sustainability is a concept that businesses adopt to create long-term stakeholder value. A process that considers opportunities, risk, and challenges that derive from environmental, economic, and social issues.
Corporate sustainability pivots around a long-term balance between people, planet, and the economy, known as the triple bottom line (TBL). …
One of my earliest memories is from my first year at school. I recall turning back to see my mother standing on our doorstep, watching over me each morning as I walked to school. The truth is my mother's maternal drive irked me at times.
Because I wanted to find my own way in the world. On my terms. I wanted to stroll blindly into the unknown — stumble, fall, fail, and get up again. My courageous spirit demanded it.
This tug of war with my mothers’ innate parental motive caused conflict at times. …
With over 300 million known biases and 50,000 thoughts a day, the human brain makes split-second decisions almost unnoticed.
Confirmation bias is just one of 300+ million biases.
In the article How to Spot Confirmation Bias With Computational Thinking self-serving biases are common in all humans. Pre-programmed to guide us towards what we believe will be right or result in a successful outcome.
Anchoring (bias) is when we lean heavily on early information. In doing so we undermine later information, which may actually hold more value.
“You need to be aware of your own cultural biases.” — (Newton, 2012)
Learning to recognize cognitive biases makes us better Leaders. …
I often rediscover boxes of books in our storeroom at home. It happens all the time. At random moments I stumble upon amazing publications that I’d completely forgotten about.
“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.”
— Jim Rohn
Reading inspires. It lifts the soul, sparking creative thought, unlocking ideas in the mind of the reader.
I’ve learned so much from writers like Sinek, Kotter, Porter, Thiel, Gladwell, Syed, and Pennie, to mention a few.
Books invite us into someone else's world, undressing ideas to reveal a naked mind of pure thought. …
By no means am I a life-coach guru like George J. Ziogas. Not at all. That said, I do set objectives each year, for a reason.
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” — Benjamin Franklin
In the work environment personal objective planning has become a mainstay across industries. Personal development planning is something that we often associate with human resources, as a function of HR, which is incorrect. Why? The answer is in the three words below:
Branding is everything. Brands connect with consumers, think about BMW, HP, Coca-Cola, Apple, UPS, Tesla, Lady Gaga, and you — yes, you!
A brand carries meaning, it reflects values with purposeful associations. A great brand goes further, it’s symbolic, an emblem of a product, or a service it provides and represents, conveying quality, innovation, or both.
This article will explore branding in a post-pandemic world.
Yes. A brands’ value lies in assets like goodwill, customer loyalty and knowledge of people. Both important economic factors. A company’s brand is its signature, in some cases, it can be an organization's most valuable asset. …
During an interview, Jeff Bezos outlined his strategy for dealing with order Fulfilment problems, via his personal Amazon account.
Yes, you read that correctly, Jeff buys on Amazon just like mere mortals, and occasionally FBA messes up his orders too.
Bezos was asked how he reacts to the wrong order. In response, he said that he requests a case study for each instance and for management to propose a solution to improve fulfilment services.
“A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.”
— Jeff Bezos
Why should Amazons’ CEO go to so much trouble? After all, his company sells 300+ products every second … so how can one order impact cash flow and brand reputation. …
Moreland (2006) highlighted the fallibility of all research projects. Blockers like personal bias, time, and financial constraints that play a role in a piece of research undertaken for assessment.
“Engineering is the art of modeling materials we do not wholly understand, into shapes we cannot precisely analyze so as to withstand forces we cannot properly assess, in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance.”
— Dr. A. R. Dykes
This article discusses the four major limitations that hide the truth.
Theatrical, yes, but true. World-class researchers are highly skilled at parking their own biases and false beliefs for the benefit of humanity. …
Personally, I love quotes. I often read and display those that inspire as a screen saver on my laptop or phone. I write them down, post in my home, and share with others at every opportunity.
I admire quotes from people who lived over the ages. Their words are inspiring, and after some reflection, I realize how profound past lessons are.
Below are a few that I’d like to share with you.
Surprising news landed today
Thanks to those who lit the way
Your creative prose
Now one knows
A strategy is a direction, the scope of an organization. It can be short, medium, or long term, but designed to achieve competitive advantage in an ever-changing environment.
Porters’ Generic Strategies are quite specific. Johnson and Scholes (2005) elaborated, detailing the variety of “levels” such as:
Business-level strategy is concerned with “how to compete successfully in particular markets, or how to provide best value services in public services. …
In 2020 employees were thrown into a mysterious world of work, at home, with zero guidance.
The transition has been a bumpy ride for many.
To tackle this dilemma, not only do we need to learn how to “work from home”, but we also have to create a “home-working” environment.
This is an article about one such venture.
Having previously written about my aspirations to become an Architect, I’ve accepted the fact that I failed.
In my youth, my world was fixated on shapes —symmetrical, non-symmetrical, linear, non-linear, right-angles, triangles, rectangles, squares … my geometrical fixation could be classified as a personality disorder. …
Nature calls us
Beckons souls home
Look and listen
She is no drone
Hear her voice
Watch animals rejoice
Forever in delight
From simple sounds
Scents and sights abound
Her warmth shows
Accept no foes
When she shows …
Embrace her glow!
Do you understand the title? Me neither.
Anyway, taking Joe’s lead, I’ve chosen a poetic response. I hope you’ll welcome my interpretation of Texan-Yoga:
‘Gest’ … ‘tic’ … you… what?
‘Late’ for who?
But don't ignore.
Eerr … Dr Mehmet, can we add Gesticulation to our values?
In the smart-economy, traditional assets and resources of production like land, labor, and capital, are fast “becoming secondary to knowledge” (Drucker, 1993).
In the digital world, knowledge “within an organization is frequently identified as the main source of its competitive advantage” (Philips, 2006).
This view is echoed by Nonaka (1994), who proposed that it’s now “the single most important factor”, in terms of resource, for business to survive, innovate, gain and sustain “competitive advantage”.
“Tacit knowledge is the knowledge that individuals possess”
— Nonaka, 1994
Explicit knowledge is the knowledge derived in tangible form. Cultivating explicit knowledge is the aim of business schools in the form of historical management theories and business models. …
There are many different types of organizations, each with an organizational structure. Every structure has its own merits, and implications on leadership, and innovation.
Some are great for innovation whereas others are not.
It's possible to find a hybrid approach, by combining structures, although certain structures simply do not work together. A mismatch. The trick is to marry suitable parts.
Company structure influences innovation performance.
Different structures can achieve very different results, but it’s only part of the picture that affects innovation. Other factors include culture, diversity, and behaviors. Although structure does have a significant influence.
This article will discuss various organizational structures. …
All too often the terms ‘leader’ and ‘manager’ are used interchangeably, which is incorrect. A common mistake by humans, but rare in Dogs.
Academics argue that ‘protected’ parts of an organization can survive from effective management, but ‘exposed’ parts require effective leadership.
In contrast, Dogs argue … “Woof.”
They are distinct. Distinctly different — Leaders and Managers. People and Dogs are up for debate.
Leadership versus management is a study in its own right, but its important to be clear about the differences.
This article will discuss leadership and management, oh, and Dogs.
What is Management?
“Managers give direction to their organizations, provide leadership, and decide how to use organizational resources to accomplish goals”— Drucker…
After eight months of writing, I’m pleased to say that I’ve exceeded my initial target — the goal I set for myself last Christmas — 200 articles.
So with that in mind, I thought I’d share the lessons that I learned with you.
Transparent data insights that shed some light on a writers’ writing.
Write, rinse, and repeat.
A few came close, but this one still excels.
After I wrote 100 articles I shared my experience below.
This is the method I use to harvest ideas for articles.
Who knows where this writing journey will lead, or end, if ever. All I know is that I’m enjoying the trip.
Keep writing folks!
My Grandfather was born in 1899. This is a summary of his life events, the experiences that he endured, and courageously rose above.
The ability to see opportunities that others fail to recognize is another reason for a leader to be viewed as having extraordinary charisma.
Timing is critical. The same strategy that may succeed today can completely fail if implemented at the wrong time, earlier or later.
Attributions of exceptional ability within a leader are highly dependent on the characteristics of a situation.
Charismatic leaders tend to emerge in crisis situations. …
Every organization is filled with problems. Most problems derive from the same source — people — that occurs as a result of poor leadership.
All organizations have a relentless drive to increase profits and decrease costs. Most challenges are the same, process challenges, which occur as a result of poor management.
Not taking any prisoners here.
Yet, most organizations are vastly over-managed, under-resourced, and quite frankly, desperately led.
This article will discuss the fundamental concepts of leadership.
A leader, manager, or supervisor has a far greater influence on employee satisfaction than any other factor— fact.
According to Torrington, “People leave managers not organizations.” …
Duran Duran sang the words “when you come undone” almost 30 years ago. A great song from an album that represented their rebirth.
It’s a common feeling, the feeling of being undone — stuck. Moments that block creativity, arrest our optimistic spirit.
“Mine, immaculate dream made breath and skin”
— Duran Duran
We all have dreams, ambitions that we occasionally struggle to execute every day. But how do we overcome this temporary paralysis? Where do we begin?
A good starting point is to improve our self-awareness, by listening to our inner voice, the intrinsic light that fuels our dreams. …
Having spent a ridiculous amount of time at third-level education I can safely say that I learned one thing —well two — two words.
Before I share my background, I have to admit that I was not the academic type when I first enrolled at university. Far from it. The truth is that I was smart enough not to fail in the beginning.
This article will discuss these two words and a method to apply both.
Firstly, allow me to support what I intend to share with evidence of my background and experience. …