Business Is Important
“Many leaders are so afraid to fail, that they would rather focus their energies on saving their own butt, instead of making a real difference for their organizations or people.”
Here’s the core problem: under such pressure many leaders treat their employees with a cold indifference all in the name of “business.“
Everything Is Personal
Now for a moment of self-disclosure. I put a lot of time, energy, and yes, passion into my work.
If things go poorly, I feel terrible.
If I am criticized for doing an ineffective job, I feel terrible.
If the team’s work falls short of a goal, I feel terrible.
I take it all personally.
All of it.
Newsflash! All of your employees take it personally too. They care about the work they’re doing. They care about being successful. They care about getting ahead.
Newsflash #2! Your employees do not wake up each day trying to scam you. Get the hell over yourself and your pompous view of your team.
How About You
Maybe it’s time we retire the phrase “it’s not personal…it’s business.” What do you think? It seems to have worked as well as the old command and control behaviors that have destroyed the credibility of so many “leaders” our there.
I’d love to hear from you.