We’re recapping some of the most popular posts of 2017. Today we dig into posts 5 through 1.
5. Myers-Briggs In-Depth: Attending and Perceiving: Sensing vs iNtuition – Part II
Most successful business people have figured out that they need to balance this function. This balancing act most often takes the form of a trusted partner, colleague or consultant.
4. Being Humble is Being Down to Earth
It doesn’t seem to make much sense, but truly great leaders are humble.
The problem comes with how the word is normally used: Humble is thought to mean shy, retiring, unobtrusive, quiet, unassuming. Being humble can seem weak or, horrors, even borrrrrrrriiiiiiinnnnngggggg.
What does it really mean to embrace humility?
Humility is derived from the Latin word humus, meaning “ground.” One way to describe truly humble leaders is that they have their feet on the ground.
3. Myers-Briggs In-Depth: Judging vs Perceiving
I have set up the following two signs in a team meeting:
- I have to get my work done before I can play.
- I can play anytime
I then ask the team to position themselves along the spectrum between those two signs. Once positioned it almost always correlates between their Judging vs Perceiving preference on this scale.
2. Absurd!: The More We Communicate, The Less We Communicate
People don’t want more information; they want more meaning. What does this mean? How should we interpret these numbers? Give us meaning. Tell us stories. Help us understand.
1. Character vs. Competence
Bob Quinn in his book Deep Change introduced us to the concept of the “Tyranny of Competence.” This is a person that is so good at the skills of their job, leaders will tend to overlook their other flaws in character. They assume the character flaws would never cause enough negative issues to overcome the positive impact of being really good at their job.
Don’t ever think that. The destruction caused by lack of character is always greater than the competency provided.