April 23, 2012—Issue #135
This week’s focus point: There is no substitute for judgment and enthusiasm. You can’t teach them and it’s difficult to coach people to improve in these areas. Clients are often struggling to “force” more enthusiasm (“We need a motivational program”) or to “improve” judgment (“Let’s train them in decision making”). Yet this is more of a “buy” and not “make” decision. Most significant leadership jobs require both, and if these traits aren’t present they are unlikely to spontaneously arise. Ironically, the same is true for independent professional services providers. No one else will use good judgment for you, and if you’re not enthusiastic in your next meeting, the other person won’t be, either.
Monday Morning Perspective: We have reached the point where we cannot bear either our vices or their cure. — Livy
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