“All of the best Supervisors spent more time outside the headmasters office, then they did in the class room” Beanie
You will not comply, will you? Nup not a chance in hell!
This was a recent conversation between myself and my SPE (Senior Project Engineer) if you haven’t already guessed, my part is the bit in bold.
My SPE laughs every time I tell my so called superiors (or whoever it is trying to get me to do what I am told) to not so politely go forth and multiple. I have had the best in the business try to manage me and very few can do it. In fact only three have ever done it successfully that I can remember.
So what was the difference? Why could those three manage me when so many have tried and failed? Their secret? They got out of my road and let me do what I do best, which is?
Manage the other trouble makers that are just like myself.
For me that sometimes means( ok all of the time) bucking the trend, system or what ever else you want to label it. It means going into battle for what may seem like a trivial matter for some, but the person who I go into battle for it means a great deal.
My idea of managing people is not the same as most people’s, and this saying probable sums up what I do best.
“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” — Lao Tzu
Now for many so called leaders/managers this is a bitter pill to swallow. Especially those intent on climbing the corporate ladder. Most just can’t grasp this concept. Why? Because it breaks all of the social conventions that we have been lead to believe are true.
I look at things a little differently. To me a leader's job is a very simple one, which Jim Rohn sums up perfectly below.
“Managers help people see themselves as they are; Leaders help people to see themselves better than they are.” — Jim Rohn
So why is this style of leadership so effective? Well it a simple matter of leverage. When you can bring yourself to let go and let others be the judge of what you do, then you are truly applying leverage.
You can talk yourself up as much as you like, but it is far more powerful when someone else does it for you.
Let me give you a word of warning.
Your intent must be as pure as the driven snow. If you try to do this and your intention is wholly and solely to make yourself look good then guess what? People are going to see through you like a sheet of glass.
Great leaders are completely selfless and rely solely on Good Kama the big wheel or what ever else you like to term the phrase, to repay them in kind. They are not afraid to pass on credit, as they know it will return in multiples.
Again this post is about creating culture in your business. And again I quote from Rework.
“Culture is the by-product of consistent behaviour” Rework
So are you as a leader up to the task?
Oh yeah nearly forgot. At work my boss has what is known as the Naughty Chair. No one else is allowed to sit in it, as it is reserved for me. He is one of the three that knows how to manage me ;)
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