Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Brief Notes

Watching the ESPN film of Rutgers University basketball coach, I'm reminded of some business bullies I've encountered. It's clear the coach has lost credibility. The only thing he knows is his frustration. He's lost the ability to motivate, the ability to effectively communicate the skills and goals of the team, and, worse, he's lost the knowledge of the game and how a team works. Bullies in business--though not whipping basketballs at their staff--hurl verbal threats, insults, and punitive criticisms and punish people with bad work assignments. They shift the blame to the team, and hope to change 'them' because 'I am not the problem.' Bullies make others react to their moods and preferences.

Leaders react to their team's moods and preferences, moving them towards the goals and victories they all want.

I've also wondered if this would be an effective interview question: "How does your driving change when you spot law enforcement ahead?" Or I might require them to drive to lunch and I randomly say, "Oh, I see a cop ahead" and watch for their reaction. If a manager or executive alters their driving speed, attention or distance between cars, then I know I'm going to have problems with them. If I don't have a lot of auditors, this person might try to get away with whatever they think they can. I'm inclined to think they have low integrity and loyalty. They definitely show a lack of compliance of policies, rules/regulations and laws.

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