Monday, February 27, 2012

The Number One Failure of Managers

All managerial failures can be traced to this ONE root cause. Interested to know the mother-of-all-managerial failures? Click Here to listen to this 16-minute radio interview at BFM89.9 to discover what is the downfall of weak managers and what you can do to overcome this weakness.

Availability & Wisdom

AVAILABILITY is defined as "making my own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I serve". "The measure of a man is not in the number of his servants but in the number of people whom he serves." (Paul Moody). The interesting thing about success is this - the one who is ready to lead is the one who was first ready to serve. Here's the principle: As you serve, you are developing the right state of character so that when the riches and blessings come, you will not be proud and conceited. Makes sense?

WISDOM is defined as "seeing and responding to life situations from a perspective that transcends my current circumstances." How does one get the big picture of life and learn to respond to challenges (instead of reacting)? It lies in your ability to receive advice and instruction. A middle-eastern proverb says - "Rebuke a wise man and he will be wiser still." How true!

Click here to listen to a 23-minute radio interview on BFM89.9 on the character qualities of AVAILABILITY and WISDOM.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Why Corporate Values Fail

This is the first in a four-part series which I am doing in radio BFM89.9 in their "Raise Your Game" session. The theme is "Stressful Employees in Successful Companies". Many companies have successful brands and heritage but when it comes to day-to-day leadership behavior, there is often a disconnect.
Click Here to listen to the radio interview on "Five Ordinary Reasons Why Corporate Values Fail".
Click Here to download the transcript/special report on this topic. 

Discipline is Communication and Consistency

To discipline someone is to disciple that someone. It is about bringing someone to a way of life that has been proven and tested. Often, the word consequence comes to mind when we talk about the subject of discipline - bringing with it a punitive element. Sure, we may bring the child into compliance through consequence but have we communicated clearly enough so that the child is not left interpreting our instructions to his own convenience? One sign of incomplete communication is - constant nagging. If you find yourself nagging your child regularly, it is time to take stock of your Communication-Consistency-Quotient (CCQ) :
  1. I do not need to repeat my instruction. First time obedience is what I get.
  2. I do not end my instruction with "OK?". Doing this means I need permission for compliance!
  3. I say what I mean. I actually carry out what I said I would do because I am willing to put up with short-term childish displeasure for long-term adult responsibility.
  4. I do not believe in reasoning to convince. The child is fundamentally selfish. Action speaks louder.
  5. My child pays more attention to me than I to him.
How is your score? If you say "No" to any of the above, then you may be in danger of raising a child-centered family (as opposed to a parent-centered family). Listen to a 2-part interview at BFM on this lively topic. Click here for Part-1 and Click here for Part-2.