Archive for March, 2012

Leadership Embraces Reality

March 29, 2012 2 Comments
Leadership Embraces Reality

I just finished reading Harry G. Frankfurt’s little book On Truth, the follow-up to his book On Bullshit. I’m hesitant to admit that I enjoyed Frankfurt’s bullshit more than his truth; nevertheless, it’s still a great book. Frankfurt’s main point is that because the truth is grounded in objective reality, we need to care about [...]

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Beware The Self-Righteous Fool

March 27, 2012 26 Comments
Beware The Self-Righteous Fool

Self-righteous: Confident of one’s own righteousness, especially when smugly moralistic and intolerant of the opinions and behavior of others. (dictionary.com) How should we deal with self-righteous people at work? I’ve reached the conclusion that we don’t. Self-righteous folks only care what we think when we agree with what they think. That’s annoying for sure, but [...]

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Good Organizational Citizenship Requires Basic Civility

March 26, 2012 6 Comments
Good Organizational Citizenship Requires Basic Civility

The process of leadership is dependent upon responsive organizational citizens that recognize the ethical imperative to assume full responsibility for their behavior in the workplace. At a minimum, good organizational citizenship requires treating others with professional courtesy and respectful civility. I have to confess that’s not always easy, especially when you work with people that [...]

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The Fundamental Attribution Error In Action

March 11, 2012 20 Comments
The Fundamental Attribution Error In Action

At an event I recently attended, a senior leader gave his organization a presentation on how to handle conflict. He said a lot of things I agreed with, i.e. conflict is inevitable and try to be part of the solution when conflict arises. As good as some of his advice sounded, a fundamental flaw in [...]

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