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Hiding Places For Dysfunction

Much like a house remodeling will expose termites, organization-wide undertakings such as quality improvement, team building, reinventing, or downsizing will flush out dysfunction. The problems that arise from the installation of a new phone system or a computer upgrade can shift management’s attention in a hurry. Large organizations are good places for dysfunction to hide. […]

Morale And Productivity Are Not Linked

Morale, motivation, performance, and productivity are separate issues and should be addressed independently, not tied together as if attending to one will impact the others. Individual morale and collective spirit are raised simultaneously when leaders and followers become aware of what they do not know and are motivated to learn new skills and practice new […]

Developing Self-Directed Information Seekers

Doers tend to validate what they have either seen for themselves or have heard first hand from a trustworthy person. This helps them to form a mental image of what action they should take as a result of what they have seen and heard. Whoever said, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” understood this […]

Doers Are Lower Level Leaders

Organizations have been known to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars certifying managers in the use of a popular leadership program, only to have it scrapped when the CEO finds another quick-fix program that looks better or gets the axe because the program failed to deliver as promised. After a while, employees get confused as […]

Doers Use Workplace Metaphors

Sometimes it is easier and safer for Doers to use a metaphor to discuss a dynamic workplace situation. For example, using a nautical theme to illustrate the common stages of organizational life. Stage 1 – Getting Underway: Moored to the dock the powerful, seaworthy craft floats high in the water. Supplies are hefted aboard and stowed […]

Doers Relationships Are Build On Mutual Respect

Mutual Respect. Respect and value what the other Doers bring to the relationship. First impressions are not always the ones you want to rely upon when it comes to working with Doers. You really do not get a clear sense of what another Doer has to offer until you have given her or him a […]

Doers Need A Common Purpose

  Creating a common purpose is on of the guiding principles upon which a productive relationship can be built: Problem solving and decision-making are two separate functions. Working simultaneously on both will create confusion and divert team energy. Solving a problem calls for doers who are comfortable recalling intricate details, and remembering forgotten bits and […]

Doers Separate Fact From Fiction

    What you do not know can, and ultimately does, hurt you and potentially others, too. Instead of keeping negative information hidden, what you want others to do is tell it like it is or at least let you know when something is amiss. Communicating honestly, even when it raises tempers, will ultimately pull […]

Doers Relationships Are Build On Mutual Respect

Mutual Respect. Respect and value what the other Doers bring to the relationship. First impressions are not always the ones you want to rely upon when it comes to working with Doers. You really do not get a clear sense of what another Doer has to offer until you have given her or him a […]

Doers Focus On What Truly Matters

  The reason you were hired is to help the organization make the highest and best use of its limited resources. It is not who you are or whom you know that counts; it is what you do that truly matters. You are expected not only to excel at your job, but also to work […]