The basis of CEO solutions is that leaders learn best from other leaders. We use our experiences, ideas, and failures to learn from one another. This is why we like to promote good books from other influential leaders.
This month, we are looking at the book Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall. Buckingham is well known for his work with Gallup, praising strengths-based leadership. Goodall is a Cisco Leadership team member and the head of Team Intelligence.
A New Approach to Honest Leadership
Transparency and honesty are two of the most coveted attributes in a working environment. For leaders, it can be tough to break through what we are taught and what is commonplace and reach what is real in our organizations. Old habits lead to outdated ideas becoming universal truths. This book discusses just that.
There are some lies that we are taught in business, including distortions, wrong assumptions, and faulty methods of thinking. These are often seen as best practices in a business but can lead to frustration and dysfunction. Freethinking leaders are the ones who break past these outdated ideas and discover other ways of operating.
The Nine Lies About Work
In a journey to discover the uniqueness and benefits of an organization, the authors identify discuss nine lies that are pressured on leaders:
Lie #1: People care which company they work for
Your employees care more about which team that they are on because that’s where the real work happens.
Lie #2: The Best Plan Always Wins
The world moves much too fast for plans to matter much. More often, the best intelligence wins.
Lie #3: The best companies cascade goals
People want to know what they all share, so the best companies cascade meaning instead of goals.
Lie #4: The best people are well-rounded
Companies and leadership teams should see uniqueness as a feature, not a bug.
Lie #5: People need feedback
People need attention. We all want to be seen for how we are at our best, not our worst.
Lie #6: People can reliably rate other people
People can only rate their own experience. If employees only see one aspect of a person or their working style, they cannot be expected to see the entire picture.
Lie #7: People have potential
We all move through life differently. We have momentum, but it won’t look the same in different people or at different times.
Lie #8: Work-life balance matters most
Love-in-work matters most.
Lie #9: Leadership is a thing
We all follow spikes, and spikes bring us certainty.
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