Sunday, February 21, 2016

Terry's Life - 5

Freddy, the man-eater, series

One of the simplest ways to connect with people is to talk about themselves. Even just a tiny little bit helps. By our very nature, we are all interested first in ourselves- we love the sound of our name, we get nostalgic about our past, we love to talk about stuff we are good at, and our needs generally come before others' requirements. Terry is trying to create a bond, a rapport, with his difficult manager by finding out something interesting about his past and using it to start a conversation. This usually helps in dropping defenses and makes way to a good conversation. 

But, what is this thing behind Freddy? What kind of paranormal activity is going on here? To be revealed in the next episode of Terry's Life. Stay tuned. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Terry's Life - 4

Freddy, the man-eater, series

Good leaders hire and celebrate people who are different and better than themselves. This furthers diversity of thought, promotes creativity, fosters a positive environment for healthy debate, makes people feel valued, and ensures that the team operates at a high level of effectiveness. Submissive yes-men, and women, working for an authoritative boss like Freddy are collectively very toxic to an organization. How will Terry deal with Freddy? Or, will he disappear like Lucy? 

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Terry's Life - 3

Freddy, the man-eater, series

Yes. Tough times call for tough leadership. But, no matter what the situation, a leader is nothing without his team. As a leader or a manager, if you act in a manner that intimidates people, alienates the team, or breaks down relationships, any initial success is bound to be blown up in catastrophe. In short, be good to your people and they will take care of any business that you need to be taken care of.