I’ll never forget my first day as an executive. I had just moved from San Antonio to Los Angeles for this “once in a lifetime” opportunity to be the head operations person for a cable TV company. I previously was an Audit Manager for Ernst & Whinney and hadn’t managed more than 5 people at a time. Now I had responsibility for well over 1,000.
My new boss walked me over to my temporary home (we hadn’t yet moved into a new office facility) it was about the size of a closet. But at least it had a desk and a phone. Before too long folks started introducing themselves, and giving me what I call the “boss treatment” – this tentative, wary, and a little bit surprised greeting that was filled with subtext – like, “wow, this kid is SO young – does he have ANY idea what he’s doing?“.
Boy, I FELT that a lot that day. Just by my look, and the nervous vibe I was giving off.
It made me wonder – was I cut out for this? Was I ever going to come off, and act, like a real leader?
Turns out I needed a little education first. An education that in hindsight, I wish I had received many years earlier (like in college, maybe?)
I got those lessons very quickly, and they’ve stayed with me to this day, 24 years later. They are my guideposts, my rocks, my “immutables”.
There are five of them:
- Practice Full Spectrum Management
- Teach Instead of Tell
- Trust The Facts
- Know the “Secrets of Work”
- Use the Seven Most Important Words
I invite you to read more about these lessons, and how I “discovered” them through my own experience, in my e-book “Leadership From A Glass Half-Full”
If you haven’t downloaded it already, please, do it – it’s free, and it’s my pleasure to share it with you.
Here’s the link: Download the E-Book
You don’t have to learn this stuff the hard way – I already did. Trust me, I know….. 🙂