Have you noticed how valuable it can be to simply pay attention to what’s going on? As leader of your company, you can benefit from critically observing the good, the bad, and the ugly emanating from leaders in the limelight. It is my nature to highlight the positive lessons you can absorb from others. I’m going to deviate from that nature today. I simply cannot ignore the barrage of clear lessons of what not to do that have come our way recently. Here are my top picks:
- Publicly belittling your perceived foes using childish language – not good.
- Publicly berating key members of your management team – poison.
- Falling in love with a project and refusing to let it die, even in the face of new developments that would compel a dispassionate observer to change course – not smart.
You wouldn’t be running an organization if you weren’t at least sensitive to these exhibitions of incompetence. Continue to observe what eventually comes from possessing healthy grey matter but lacking emotional maturity, and learn from it.
Hold on! I almost forgot two of the most important lessons to be learned from last year.
- Do not use social media of any type to communicate anything serious about your organization – totally inappropriate.
- Lying is bad form – period.