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My impression: the One Minute Manager Revised Edition taught me how to tackle assumptions in the workplace. The two key words that were mentioned are: Competence & commitment. The author, through the use of fictional writing, expresses the need to evaluate your own levels of competence and commitment when dealing with a task of any kind. For example, after finishing the book, I asked myself these questions: Am I a self reliant achiever at this task? Or am I at a place where I must rely on others to assist me in a situation where there is uncertainty? A self leader realises their strength and weaknesses and is willing to ask for what they need in order to get the job done. The opposite of this is just quitting the job by assuming you just are not cut out for it. Did you ask for what your needs are? Do you need coaching, or support? Have you leveraged your relationships with supportive individuals who can give you the insights needed to solve what you thought was an impossible problem? These are some of the questions that the book has inspired me to ask myself.
This reminds me of the distinction between an infant child and a self leader. I wont compare a child to an adult, because unfortunately, there is clear evidence that a person who is mature in age can still display childish behavior when faced with a difficult task. So what is the difference between childish mentality and self leadership mentality? A child must wait for its needs to come to it voluntarily. The child does this by crying and complaining till it gets what it wants. The self leader, on the other hand, does not complain or cry when his/her needs are unmet, but rather, the self leader is proactive in seeking the insights needed to achieve a specific goal. For example, if you go to your superior and all youndo is cry and complain, then you are employing the tactics of a infant child; however, of you ask your superiors for insight, and clearly state what your needs are for particular project, then you are representing the behavior of a self leader.
Self leader = asset; Cry baby = liability
Be an asset, not a liability. Which one are you?
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The authors provide great lessons for people to help themselves become leaders while still telling a story