Reality-Based Leadership

Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses Into
Cy Wakeman
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Wakeman explains that frustration in the workplace is at an all-time high because of “circumstances” and “people.” Frustrating circumstances being the recession, the rapid pace of change, budget cuts, increased regulation, and everyone being asked to do more with fewer resources. Frustrating “people” being “BMW” – bitching, moaning and whining employees with a sense of entitlement where the motivation and accountability ought to be – – BMW employees who prefer creating drama to getting the job done. She goes on to say that as leaders, we are not helping. We judge and when we judge we no longer serve, learn or lead. We expect others to add value when we don’t. We spend too much time with our worst performers and we don’t reward our best. We over-manage and under-lead fostering a state of learned helplessness.

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