Book Recommendation: “The Nuts and Bolts of Leadership”
Dr. Jim Bohn writes as the “Blue Collar Scholar”. Toward that end, he prides himself on keeping all of his management advice practical, short and to the point. “The Nuts and Bolts of Leadership” is a book full of this style of writing. The 2-3 page chapters are categorized by leadership of self, teams and organization and then leadership philosophy. You need not read it in order, making it ideal quick reading material, because you can open to any page and find a topic to challenge your mind. It is not written with a lot of wriggle room, so you may or may not agree with the bold statements. And it is important to not just read what is agreeable to us. I like that the sections are also organized by tools, techniques and “hot-spots”. The tools have immediate application, and the techniques, with some thought, need to be modified for your situation. Hot-spots are watch outs that might get leaders in trouble
We are trapped between the organizational mission statement on collaboration and the real culture of an organization that rewards individual behavior.
You’re biased. I’m biased. Now what?
Think of any agenda topic as a conversation in which you are either expanding your ideas and options, or you are converging ideas in order to make a decision and take action.
Empowering your team allows you to exert less effort while increasing the force they have to achieve their goals.