Archive for September, 2010

September 22, 2010

“Oh Fear” by DeAnne Pearson – A Poem Inspired by Leading Change

 

“Oh Fear” by DeAnne Pearson
A poem inspired by Leading Change

 

Oh fear, oh fear, my old friend,

I have put you on a shelf.

It is not that I don’t expect to see you again,

But while holding onto you, I can’t be myself.

You have poked me and prodded me as a tool,

That I have relied on too long and it has made me still,

And often you have made me the fool.

But, it is time that I live, and you can watch from the window sill.

I have things to do and you weigh me down,

You are keeping me from being who I really am, that is even sadder.

Through Leading Change, that is what I again and again have found-

That each of us, including me, really does matter.

With lots of support and tremendous care of leaders far and near-

Brett, Ed, Mark, Reen, Stacy, Ken, Jess, and Alicia Marie, who I hold dear.

Fear, oh fear, you can’t keep me too busy to be present in my life,

……As artist, writer, Christian, mother, daughter, friend and wife.

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September 1, 2010

Be Sure You Have Your Employees’ Backs!

In tough times, people feel more vulnerable and their senses of safety and confidence can easily evaporate. Never has it felt more important to watch out for your people. A boss who backs up her people provides an emotional relief as well as a material one. But don’t assume that your team members know that you’d go above and beyond to support them. Even the best bosses can be poor judges of what it’s like to work for them. Make it clear by telling your employees that you have their backs. And, since actions always speak louder than words, take every opportunity to demonstrate your unwavering support and avoid creating situations that make it seem like it’s everyone for him or herself. 

Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “Do You Have Their Backs? Or Just Your Own?” by Robert I. Sutton.