Reflecting On Your Principles

George Couros asks some great questions in this blog entry. Here are the answers I aspire to in my head.

Miguel's Preferences
  1. An organization with vision for a preferred future
  2. A place where everyone is a leader because of the gifts they bring
  3. An environment that is flexible and realizes the gifts you bring as a person
  4. A job where you are trusted to do the job that you need to do
  5. A place where ideas are shared and common solutions are created
  6. A work environment that is open and shares what they are doing with all stakeholders
  7. An environment where risks are seen as necessary to learning and success
But the reality is different. As a leader, here are the answers that reflect my inclination and I have to struggle to overcome:

  1. An organization with vision for a preferred future
  2. there are a few managers based upon position.
  3. An environment that is flexible and realizes the gifts you bring as a person
  4. one where you are managed to do the job you need to do.
  5. one where all decisions lie in the hands of a single person.
  6. A work environment that is open and shares what they are doing with all stakeholders
  7. An environment where risks are seen as necessary to learning and success
In reflecting on my own practice, I have to confess a definite bias towards managers and position. The necessity of getting things done in a top-down environment force managers and decisions to "lie in the hands of a single person" or a small group of managers. That said, it's important to solicit input from "the managed," to get their insights and to make changes accordingly.

Yet, as much as I like the original answers, I find I have to overcome my 3 red areas every time decisions come up. Sometimes, I'm successful, other times, not. Each situation is different, and must be painfully weighed.

I'm not sure that such an approach is the wrong or right one to take...just the one I've grown comfortable with.

Time to think different.

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