Another reason to love Tom Peters

Posted November 3, 2009 in Latest News & Insights

So, back to The Art of Management event on Oct 16.  Just re-reading some classic Tom Peters quotes from the day.  Here’s one of my favourites:

“Leadership at any level is a sacred trust.”

Given that the majority of people leave their jobs because of the relationship with their boss and that 20% of employees are actively engaged against you, it seems that the majority of bosses aren’t getting this message.  (They must be non-subscribers to this blog!).

Peters went on to suggest some key questions that should be asked of leaders during the interview process.  Why not try these, next time you’re looking for the type of leader who knows how to attract, and not repel, talent.

  • “Name 3 people you have most contributed to.”
  • “Tell me about your greatest development triumph (as it relates to growing others).”
  • “Now tell me about your greatest development disaster.”
  • “What are the 3 big things you’ve learned about how to help people grow?”

Remember, as Matthew Kelly, author of The Dream Manager, states: An employees primary purpose is to become the best version of him or herself.

Your job as their manager is to help get them there.  After all, you made the choice to take on the mantle of leadership… so, what are you going to do with the opportunity that’s presented?

Happy leading!


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