Power Principle Choices: These subjects were selected by members of teams I’ve managed as their favorite sayings learned working with me. In a surprise session, they unveiled a 31 day flip book with key sayings they had heard from me over and over. Apparently, they are such a part of my vernacular they decided to keep notes. Managers are teachers.
After working with a team in one company, I met for lunch with the manager. It had been ten years since I worked in that company.
He shyly said, “We still use the PAL method.”
I responded, “What is the PAL method?”
He then explained that I had signed every directive and procedure with my initials, PAL. They had studied the methods behind the memos and made a system out of them. That is an honor. But, I reminded him they should be learning and growing and not get too bound in prior principles. However, principles are timeless. Look for the principles.
If it works for them, then I am honored. If it works for them it will work for you. There are few others I snuck in besides the 31 and a few I left out for the next book. Enjoy
Management is a craft. A craft is when talent is developed with training and application. There needs to be a base talent for leading and managing on which you build knowledge and skill and mix a little artistic individual expression. No two individuals manage exactly the same. How boring would that be?
After years of studying, going to classes, getting degrees, learning from mentors, reading every day, teaching in conferences, counseling with mentees, and just plain doing the do, one of my frustrations is the secretive nature of leaders. It seems they want you to drag the most important tips out of them. Really, that is intentional. A good leader never gives away everything. In fact, I’m going to give away the unspoken rule of leadership that did not make it into the team member selection, because I rarely state it publicly.
“Hold wisdom close. Only release it to anticipating learners.”
One wise wisdom steward said it this way. “Correct a fool (someone who does not want your correction) and he will turn and shame you with it.” Ouch! How true. Over time, when a leader meets this truth a few times, she becomes guarded with what she shares and with whom.