Are you a micromanager? The Five Components of Emotional Intelligence at Work & Using Job-To-Be Done Framework for innovation
12 March 2023 Newsletter
“The novice sees the answers. The professional sees the complexity. The master sees the simplicity.” Shane Parish
Hope you’re Thriving!
It’s been a good week with lots of interesting meetings and a trip to Sydney for a 2-day strategic planning workshop.
After many years running strategic workshops with leadership teams, I’ve learned that the disciplined habit of the meeting rhythm creates the most significant results.
As Albert Einstein said, “compound interest is the most powerful force in the world”.
13 Habits That Helped Bill Gates Build His $106 Billion Fortune
It’s the compounding of habits over time that helped Bill Gates become one of the wealthiest people on the planet. This week. I came across an interesting article outlining the 13 habits he used to build wealth over time.
Here’s the list:
- He Has a Thirst for Knowledge
- His Parents Were Supportive
- He Reads a Lot
- He Chose a Great Business Partner
- He Has Remained Passionate About His Work
- He Stayed Confident in His Dream and Vision
- He Had an Emergency Fund for Microsoft
- He Learned From His Mistakes With Microsoft
- He Gets Seven Hours of Sleep
- He Learns From Those Around Him
- He Diversified His Private Portfolio
- He Knew When He Had Outgrown Partnerships
- He Learned To Give Up ControlIt’s a good read, and I feel it’s pretty sensible, with things we can all learn from.
Read the article here: 13 Habits That Helped Bill Gates Build His $106 Billion Fortune
The Five Components of Emotional Intelligence at Work
This week I came across an HBR article asking, “What makes a leader?”. The author claims that at its very heart, effective leadership is synonymous with Emotional Intelligence.
From the article:
“the most effective leaders are alike in one crucial way: They all have a high degree of what has come to be known as emotional intelligence. It’s not that IQ and technical skills are irrelevant. They do matter, but mainly as “threshold capabilities”; that is, they are the entry-level requirements for executive positions. But my research, along with other recent studies, clearly shows that emotional intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership. Without it, a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but he still won’t make a great leader.”
The author states that five aspects of emotional intelligence are essential.
1. Self-awareness – The ability to recognise and understand your moods, emotions, and drives, as well as their effect on others
2. Self-regulation – The propensity to suspend judgment—to think before acting
3. Motivation – A passion to work for reasons that go beyond money or status
4. Empathy – Skill in treating people according to their emotional reactions
5. Social Skill – An ability to find common ground and build rapport
Check out the article here: What makes a leader?
Using Jobs to be Done for innovation
By Evolution Partners Leadership Coach Andres Zylberberg
As a business owner or leader, you’re constantly looking for ways to improve your products and services to meet your customers’ needs better.
But how do you know exactly what your customers need?
How do you go beyond surface-level wants to uncover the deeper motivations driving their behaviour?
That’s where the concept of “Job to be Done” (JTBD) comes in.
Job to be done is a term coined by Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen. It focuses on the job customers try to accomplish when they “hire” a product or service. In other words, instead of just looking at what a product or service does, the JTBD framework looks at why people need it in the first place.
Read the article here: Using Jobs to be Done for innovation
This week on The Growth Whisperers Podcast
It’s been said that people join companies and leave managers. Almost everyone can’t stand a boss who is a micromanager. But what if you might be a micromanager?
You know you are a micromanager if the weight of responsibility along with the thinking and planning related to it, ultimately sits with you. You will know this is true if the problems, thinking and decisions come to you.
To avoid micromanagement and instead achieve leadership one must transfer the responsibility and coach the person. This leads to the clarity and tension that drives accountability and results.
This week we discuss what to do if you’re concerned that you might be a micromanager.
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