How many times have you come out of a conversation - particularly with an employee- feeling that it didn’t quite go the way you would liked it to? Perhaps you were too abrupt. Perhaps what you had to say did not have the necessary impact on the employee. Let me share a couple of examples: ” I gave him all the facts but it didn’t seem to sink in!” complained one manager. ” I was most considerate and spoke to him ever so kindly” said another. Both were right- and both were wrong.
It was only the second meeting of the Board of the $ 43 billion-PepsiCo outside the US. CEO Indira Nooyi chose to have the meeting at Mumbai, India. Guess who spoke to this distinguished Board which includes the Chairman & CEO of Novartis and the President & CEO of Colgate-Palmolive?
I like this idea of using lessons from tennis to describe mistakes we commit in our careers. That’s what Jeffrey A. Krames does when he writes about the 7 Worst Career Mistakes You Can Make. A well compiled list with mistakes all of us can relate to as we have come across them in our careers.
Building on this theme, some of the common ” unforced errors” I have seen include:
More and more people these days seem to want to be entrepreneurs. Some do so out of a feeling that they are best suited for it- others because they sense opportunities they believe have not been exploited. What kind of life do you lead as an entrepreneur? Is it the dream world that it is often made out to be? What are the challenges involved? Continue reading »