managerial axioms

21 03 2007

i couldn’t resist. the other day when i was writing my big question post, various axioms keptThe Big Question Logo popping into my head. you know those annoying phrases that people put on posters, plaques, post-its, pens, and other promotion prizes? so here’s a whole list of axioms to clutter up your next powerpoint presentation.

(some of these are original to me – i think.  some come from the leaders i mentioned in my previous post – and may or may not be original to them.  others i’ve heard somewhere, bit don’t remember the source.  if you own the rights to any of these slogans, please be kind and don’t sue me!)

  • you’ll always have too much on your plate, so learn to delegate.
  • micro-manage at your own peril. your employees will hate you and you’ll be exhausted.
  • never punish honesty.
  • the company grapevine is for listening. make sure you can hear it.
  • learn. in every moment. in every crisis. in every victory. learn.

  • everyone learns from failure.
  • learning when to let someone fail is one of the hardest lessons you’ll learn.
  • remember everyone’s birthday.
  • be consistent in what you say, make sure your actions follow your words and your employees will go to the ends of the earth for you.
  • be inconsistent in word and deed and you’ll learn how quickly employees have survival instincts that don’t include you.
  • praise others when they succeed.
  • always take the time to find out what your employees are laughing about.
  • the grass on your side of the fence doesn’t get greener by pointing out your neighbor’s lawn care deficiencies.
  • if you already know the answer, don’t ask the question.
  • keep your eyes on the horizon. looking down at the mess at your feet will paralyze you.
  • are you having fun?

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26 03 2007
michele eby

Forget the next presentation. You may have a winning mug slogan or t-shirt axiom here. Good stuff. Thanks.

8 05 2008
bill williams

Knowledge Sharing: the more you share the more you get

I think I first came across this in an SDC paper (http://www.sdc.admin.ch/en/Home ) but Google throws up lots of examples and variants.

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