“A good boss comes first and leaves last”. For a long time, I acted according to this motto and was quite successful with it. I admit that I enjoyed chasing my employees in front of me and watching them run. It earned me respect and quite a few people still talk about it admiringly over a beer.
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We live in turbulent times. Everything revolves around us ever faster and becomes more interconnected and complex. Traditional certainties are questioned and formerly successful strategies are not effective any longer. We get insecure.
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One of my former bosses had a nice sign on his desk: “It’s my fault!”. He often pointed to it silently when we came to him again finger-pointing on each other – complaining and quarreling.
Our project was very stressful. Everyone had a lot to do on a tight schedule. Of course, we had defined our responsibilities at the beginning of the project so that we could each concentrate on our areas. Given the complexity of the project, this was a must.
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When I take over a new team, I like to get an idea of its members. During the handover from the predecessor, you usually concentrate on the business aspects: who has what area of responsibility, what is this person’s strengths and weaknesses profile? You mostly review mandates and the last performance assessments.
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Values are crucial. They define what is important to us. Most interpersonal conflicts can be traced back to violations of values. Violations of values always generate emotions. And once the conflict becomes emotional, then fact-based arguments usually have a difficult stand.
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